Francesca Allen uses her camera as a tool for intimacy. Exploring the nature of intimate female friendships, her images hold a mirror to our own personal relationships with those closest to us.
This approach is typified by her debut publication Aya, published by Libraryman in 2018. Spending a month in Japan with the book’s namesake, Japanese musician Aya Yanase (also known as Aya Gloomy), the two women do not share a common language but do everything together. Their friendship blooms via the medium of Francesca’s photography.
A recent personal project saw Francesca fly to California with British Journal of Photography to photograph 50 subjects across the State’s remotest regions. The resulting body of work paints a vivid and sun-soaked picture of female closeness, and the rituals that help to nurture these bonds.