Better Safe than “Sorry” (1998)
‘Better Safe than “Sorry”’ is a photographic documentation of safe houses for women & children suffering from domestic violence and it’s aftermath. As a photographer Brett felt concerned about the lack of visual representation within this area and the system that protects and encourages women to regain their independence and move on.
The various moods within the images are composed by the subject’s anxieties and interaction with their transitional home. A home that is institutionalized, full of rules and regulations….but this time it is there to protect them. The incorporation of quieter images break up the tension within in the body of work, generating a pace for the viewer to fully comprehend the way in which a small, but crucial part of the system works for these women…it allows them the time to consider alternatives for themselves and their children in a secure environment.