"Where To's It"

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In the midst of constant changing modernity, the youth of contemporary South Wales find themselves as an in-between, coming of age in an uncertain future. So where to’s it? 

 

A coming of age project set in South Wales that focuses on 18-22 year olds. This project is a commentary on youth culture and the transition from teenage life to adulthood and in between. The Welsh heritage of the landscape informs their own sense of place, whilst their self expressionism radiates through gesture, fashion and gaze. 

 

I moved to South Wales from London in 2019 to follow my passion of Documentary and develop my own practice of photography. Growing up in an urban environment I have always longed for the beauty and freedom you gain from wild landscapes. I have fallen in love with South Wales, in its architecture, the people and the pride they have. 

 

I stand on the precipice of one the worlds most stunning landscapes, forty minutes travel from my student digs. The urbanised landscape of Cardiff which I live feels alien from the rolling hills of the valleys, and dismantled industry which once created these thriving towns. 

 

I chose to document people going through a similar transition to myself, who were discovering who they were becoming or dreamt. In a collaborative process i asked to meet individuals from all over South wales, to make pictures of them in their own surroundings which represented who they are and their heritage.

 

I used social media to contact most of my participants, asking if they had other friends that were interested in taking part. I asked them to write me each a letter about who they were, or what made them themselves as individuals to accompany their portraits. This was to serve as memory to this moment in time, so in the future they could look back and reflect.