+ 20 : Something
As I hurtled towards college graduation, I was preoccupied with the complexities of what it means to “grow up”. From a sense of curiosity (even insecurity) about my future, I wanted to see if others were experiencing the same feelings. I photographed more than eighty peers, also in their twenties. I also asked them to write about their lives: what do you do currently and what are some of your hopes and fears about the future hence, my intention was to portray a contemplative side of youth in uniformed matter.
Through this project, I hope to offer a different (quieter) perspective of youth that is pensive or even melancholic rather than being individualized and effervescent; an aesthetic pattern which hopes to respond to a common denominator theme of 'growing up'. Furthermore, many of the written responses, if not all, were incredibly thoughtful, yet apprehensive. My role as a photographer in this particular project was to reflect these people in twenties who are in quest of finding themselves that are struggling (or even enjoying) with a dichotomy between their awareness of their own presence at the time being and their unknown future.
*'20:Something' was presented at 2010 University of Washington's photography program BFA show.