Hi I’m Alex and I’m a 19 year old creative and I’ve recently graduated high school with my associates degree in liberal arts. I’m taking a year break before going to university in hopes of …. Well let’s leave that blank til I figure it out.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY HASANTI KELLY
When I think of school now the only thing I can think of is the pain that I felt. The anxiety of always wanting to be the best at everything. Or the constant sting in my stomach that told me I wasn’t good enough. You see I’ve learned something after graduating, that I am ME! And that’s freakin awesome! As I write this to you I gain more clarity with myself.
It’s been a little while since we’ve met with you guys like this. So, maybe, “a little while” is the understatement of the century. We’ve been gone for nearly two years, that’s something that even we are in denial about.Teen Culture has been our pride and joy before it was even “Teen Culture”. As hilarious as this may sound, way back when we were thirteen and the seed of our now magazine was just being sown, we created Forever Amiable.
Forever Amiable was the prequel to what was yet to come.It was the cultivation of all of the negative feelings we had as young girls,molded into a safe haven for those who faced the same demons. We had learned through our friendship that it was better to fight a battle with more than one soldier. Forever amiable was to be the meeting grounds for our army of outcasts, to wage war on the demons we weren’t able to face alone. This was the foundation for which Teen Culture was built on .The push that kept us treading with Teen Culture despite the tribulations we endured during our journey.
These photographs were inspired by an unfortunate habit which I fear many of us don’t even realize we have. It is a habit that prevents us from fully appreciating the world around us, a habit which dulls our surroundings, you could even say it is a habit that stops us seeing the beauty in everyday life. So what is it? It is our tendency to ignore the world around us, to be focused on the past or the present but never be in the now. It means we don’t stop to take in the scenery, we don’t marvel at nature’s wonders or stunning urban landscapes, we do not appreciate the colours and scents around us. It is only recently that I rid myself of this habit when I took up photography. Suddenly everything was a potential photo, and I began to see more and more beauty in the world!