We become self-conscious about our appearance and may compare ourselves to others, which can lead to feelings of insecurity or confidence and sometimes a bit of both. We want to be seen and included. Often that doesn’t happen, leaving us feeling left out. We may question where we stand amongst our peers. Some of us learn that we can exert our power over others and some of us feel powerless.
It's this inner conflict that all people go through as teenagers that I find compelling. As humans, we are all seeking love and acceptance from ourselves and others, a journey that begins at a young age and lasts throughout our lifetime.
Commissioned by MS528 in 2018. Published in The Photographic Journal 2018.