Written Evaluation – ‘we are the reckless, we are the wild youth’

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“We are the reckless, we are the wild youth”

It took me a while to come up with an idea for this project as I wanted to carry on with the same sort of style that I had for my environment project but I did not have any ideas. After learning a little bit about Gregory Crewdson and seeing a few of his images I wanted to research him further. I was instantly drawn to his photographs and how he uses light to create an atmosphere whilst telling a story. I realised that I wanted to use ambient light in the night to create fictional scenes in the style of documentary. Whilst writing blog posts I was listening to a band called Daughter, in their song Youth there is a line saying “we are the reckless, we are the wild youth”, this triggered immediate ideas and a concept, I knew that I was going to focus my work on these lyrics. Youth has always been perceived as a little reckless and rebellious, so I wanted to create scenes that showed ‘reckless’ youth but stripped down with emotion. I wanted to get rid of that stereotype and instead perceived it as that it society that is making youth reckless. The emotion in these images shows that youth is not just rebellious but human. I believed I showed this in my photographs of the boy in red. For the ‘wild’ lyric I wanted to show children in their prime, playing, socialising but again with emotion.

If I could go back and change anything I would of styled the children in red so the flow of the magazine was smoother and I could use them as my final images. I would have also taken out more books for the essay readings. Overall I am very happy with the final outcome of my project, my book came out the way I hoped it would.










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