Between the Gates
Taken over a year, around the urban area of my children's school, this work explores the notion of childhood, identity, the self and boundaries. Children in the 21st century are expected to conform, succeed, meet government benchmarks, and face peer pressure, social media and technology. As a mother, I am concerned with dependence on technologies, our culturally created facades and how these affect the many transitions of childhood. I strive to capture the vulnerability and innocence of youth, by considering human interaction and social awareness. The formality of the posing, evokes a social awkwardness, that preadolescent children have not yet fully resolved. Their underdeveloped sense of self and naivety for the wider context of photography, are demonstrated in my work.
Joanne Dorothea-Smith • Susan Glover • Ian Harris • Vanessa Miles • Jane Prior • Nic Sullivan •