These few images are part of a larger body of portraits from my undergraduate thesis at the California College of the Arts.
Authors and historians Neil Howe and William Strauss published a book dedicated solely to the Millenial Generation, those people born roughly between the years 1980 and 2000. Having been born in 1982 my age puts me at the leading edge of that generation. According to their research and theories we are expected to be the next great Americans; heroes that will pull our country back from the brink. The last Americans to be described in these terms were the young adults of WWII, of which Tom Brokaw said: “It is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced.”
Recently a trend has emerged among us twenty-something’s that seems to contradict this predicted cultural destiny. At an age when people traditionally consider themselves adults and start families we are instead taking advantage of freedoms that are afforded to teenagers just out of high school. Questions that concern identity, personal growth and, of course, what to do when we grow up are now being put off until well after we have taken our first steps into adulthood. This extension of adolescence is in contrast to previous generations who, by this stage in life, had essentially outgrown the need or desire for such questions.
We have even been given our own catch phrase: “Twenty-eight is the new eighteen.”
My photographs are a way to record this phenomenon and see what a collective portrait of us Millenials might look like.