The definition of a family can range from a conventional household component to multi-generational life and single parenting.
Sian Davey has travelled the UK showing that there is no “typical” family by photographing people at mealtimes.
One such clas are the Chadwicks. Tom, the parent of Roo and Peter, was labor as relevant actors in London before he moved to Devon six years ago.
“I’d started to yearn for a most simple life, ” Tom says. He bought a caravan and leased out their own families residence for the summer.
From where the caravan is now parked, it’s a short step down to the beach. “You wake up, you get breakfast. You go to the beach and learn to channel-surf, then you come home, cleaning process and think about dinner, ” he says.
Chishamiso Mkundi grew up on a farm in Zimbabwe. He learnt to be an operator, marriage and had three sons and a daughter.
The political party that Chishamiso belonged to was vetoed by Robert Mugabe. “My presence in Zimbabwe menaced their own families. So I left to claim asylum in the UK, ” he says. “My family would meet me formerly I got my refugee status. That was 16 years ago.”
For the first two years of life in Britain, Chishamiso slept on the streets in Southampton. “When you get wet, ” he says, “there’s no way of getting dry again.”
He now helps to run a neighbourhood nutrient bank and facilitates other asylum seekers.
His family remain in Zimbabwe.
“I was 18 when I threw birth to Holly, ” Rebecca says. “To become a mother at such a young age was a big sicken for me. The pregnancy wasn’t planned.”
After she was born, Rebecca was told to sit down. “The specialist said it was highly likely our newborn had Down’s syndrome.
“At first I thought the diagnosis get changed how I felt towards Holly. It did, but not in the way I expected. I find this overwhelming sense of protection towards her.”
Rebecca and Holly live close to Holly’s grandparents, Carol and Stuart. “There’s a lot of desire between us, ” she says.
Jim grew up in Portsdown Hill, overlooking Portsmouth.
He was married to Joyce for 63 years. She died three years ago, and Jim still lives in their home.
Jim now has dementia. Every weekend either his son Richard or two brothers drives the 150 -mile round trip to stay and care for him, or fetch him to stay with the rest of their own families in Beckenham, Kent.
“He will burst into song, drawing up little ditties as he goes along, ” Richard says. “He has a smile for everyone and wants to talk to whoever will listen. He has helped sort this family and it means everything to us.”
Kate and Iain Morrison have known each other since they were children, and now have two of their own.
They work as crofters, the sustainable farming rehearse that uses the Hebridean islands’ salty peat.
“It’s a way of life, ” Iain says. “It’s something you’re born with.” But as well as agriculture, Iain labor nighttimes as a nanny at the local infirmary.
On sunny days, Kate takes Niall and Amelia and friends down to the private stretch of beach by their croft.
“We are here to nurture Niall and Amelia, be used to help grow into the next generation, ” Kate says. “They can either used to go into the wider world or labour the property we have handed over to them.”
“There isn’t a schedule or occasion for anything genuinely in our home, ” Denise says. “It’s often a occurrence of when it happens it happens, so be grateful.”
Denise is a single mum to four children, ranging from 12 to 23 years old. She works full-time as a teaching aide, substantiating children with special educational needs in Birmingham.
“In the mornings, you have breakfast if you require it, which most of the time answers in nothing of us having breakfast, ” she says.
She has taught her children to be honest, open and supportive of each other. Each has their own endowment, in music, behaving and dance. Her youngest boy, Remar, is on trial with Leicester City FC. “We stick together, ” she says. “We’re a group of individuals.”
After past weddings, Tom and Anna encountered through sidekicks. “We exactly had a find we were meant to be together, ” Tom says.
Billy, their son, was born eight years ago with Down’s syndrome. He has suffered life-threatening seizures throughout his life.
“His smile allows him to get off with a whole lot of misbehaviour, ” Anna says.
Christina was born on Uist in the Outer Hebrides and owns a little house in a hamlet near the high seas. She was 26 when “shes had” Sebastian. His father was in the military, on small island developing for developing but now mostly absent.
She works as a teller in the supermarket across the road and then, in the evenings, as a cook at a local hotel. While she works, Sebastian is taken over to his grandmother’s or to stay with friends.
“We always eat breakfast together, ” she says. “It tend to be the only period we’re always together.”
“We’re content, ” she says. “We’re a real squad. We love to be together.”
Sian Davey’s We Are Lineage show can be at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 21 September to 4 October.