For over a decade Leonie's mother Bron avoided opening the packing boxes that had come from the home of her first marriage; these filled a couple of the rooms in her new home and attempts to unpack them spilled into other rooms. The boxes from her former life were a constant, physical reminder to her family of Bron's OCD. 'So then I didn't want to move the boxes because then you're disturbing the dust, and then you certainly don't want to open the boxes because the nice things inside are all clean and packed and tidy. So you don't touch the box. You leave the boxes where they are. I just shut the door and left it. And we lived in less than half the house.' - Bron. In 2007, a deal was struck: Leonie would work with Bron to face the boxes on the condition that she be allowed to document that process.
LEONIE PURCHAS: Leonie Purchas (28) after taking an honors degree in the history of art went on to work as a full-time assistant to the British photojournalist Tom Stoddard. She followed this with a diploma from the London College of Communications in 2003, gaining the first distinction to be awarded in five years. This work has been awarded the F award on documentary photography. Purchas is also a winner of The Paul Huf Award, the Tom Webster, The Ian Parry and The Jerwood photography awards Her work has featured in a range of publications, including Portfolio magazine, Foam, Ojo de Pez, The Sunday Times Magazine and Newsweek.