Hard To Place (2016)
For all loves never allowed to be.
Hard to Place traces the journey of an orphan boy of Nigerian and Irish descent growing up in 1960s/70s London. A “half-cast(e)” child in 1960s and ‘70s England, Joseph was considered “hard to place” amongst the mostly white, adoptive families. Consequently, Joseph was placed "in care" at eight different times from age 3 to 17.
Combining confidential government documentation, archival photographs, personal possessions and documentary images, this series is about race, family, abandoment, mental illness and a unique mother/son relationship.
The Hard to Place photobook is available for purchase online.
2. Personal essay and response by Dr. Alexandrina Agloro for the Mixed Roots Stories February 2016 Commons.