This work addresses issues surrounding adolescence and the transitional period of leaving childhood and entering adulthood. In the images I try to represent both childhood and adulthood. Referencing traditional, earnest styles of portraiture such as those of the Dutch renaissance painters links the photographs to the responsibilities and seriousness of adulthood with the window light representing the looming transition. Then a ridiculous, bizzare element is introduced to the photograph, be it a small sculpture balancing on a head or a pair of tights pulled over the face or coving it with hair, to represent the fun spontaneity and carelessness of childhood. The work is about the balancing act we all face between the two in our daily lives, and the juxtaposition between the earnest and ridiculous.
Natalie Bayliss • Rhodri Brooks • Grace Carpenter • Pebbles Clements • Georgia De Lotz • Zoe Evans • Jessica Farley • Danielle Harrison • Scott Jarrold • Anna Jay • Olivia Karsenbarg • David Wood •