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Celine Marchbank : Tulip, My Mother’s favourite flower


In September 2009 Celine Marchbank’s mother, Sue Miles, was diagnosed with lung cancer and a brain tumour. Tulip is published as a beautiful book by Dewi Lewis Publishing this month, due to all the generous supporters of the successful crowdfounding campaign.

“While I was trying to come to terms with the fact she was dying, I decided I wanted, or maybe needed, to document the time she had left. I didn’t want to create a graphic portrayal of her death, it would have been impossible and wrong to focus only on the dying part, but rather I wanted to photograph our last months together. I looked at the things that made her uniquely her, the details in her house I thought I knew so well, the things that would also be gone when she was. Her love of flowers was a beautiful part of her personality; the house was always full of them, and as I photographed them I realised they were symbolic of what was happening – they represented happiness, love, kindness and generosity, but also isolation, decay, and finally death.”

Tulip, My Mother’s favourite flower
Celine Marchbank
Clothbound hardback
152 pages, 84 colour photographs
220mm x 190mm
ISBN: 978-1-907893-87-2

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