Samantha Hansel photographed the series And It Would Always Be The Same in Richmond Hill and Toronto during several visits between January and March 2020. She explored the way photography as a tool can be used to showcase the value of everyday life. This series of photographs was created using the empathetic female gaze to capture her grandparents in their daily lives.
How can the female gaze offer a counter perspective to the overwhelming presence of the male gaze?
In conjunction with a short story written by Alice Munro, the pages of the book lead the eye through a series of images which evoke a sense of being in feeling. She does not stage her subjects; instead she spends days with them and photographs them as they live.
The book was designed, compiled and edited by Hansel. And It Would Always Be The Same, looks at the way lives of a retired couple can be captured beautifully without adding anything to their story, simply photographing what is there in a compelling way.