Laura Stevens (England, 1977) stretches the view on contented, loving relationships with her project Us Alone. Using posed portraiture of real couples living together in Paris, London, and Brighton, Stevens reconstructs scenes of faltering communication, alienation, sadness, tension and boredom which plague a life of cohabitation. While exploring the topics of intimacy and duality, she looks also at the individual’s struggle to maintain personal freedom and identity. "I grew up with the illusion that being in love was the ultimate answer," she says. "This project was my quest for understanding and [a] chance for others to glimpse into hidden worlds which may reflect their own."