I have been photographing and interviewing older girls for my book project Generation Pink. I had previously been concentrating on photographing young girls, as the popularity of the colour pink seems to peek at around 4-5 years old. I wanted to hear what older girls think about pink and also how and why the popularity for the colour diminishes as girls get older.
Pink is undoubtably seen as a girly colour, but as girls get older they see it as infantile. Many girls who’s favourite colour was pink then choose purple. I have seen a lot of girls mixing hot pink with black as they get a bit older and the shades of pink move away from ‘baby’ pink to fushia. Then in comes black. Perhaps it is when girls can fit into adult size clothes that black starts to feature prominently.
Thanks to Beth, a talented ballet dancer (top).
Thanks to Ella, who is into sewing her own clothes and loves ‘The Hunger Games’. (middle).
Thanks to Rosie, a great netball player (bottom).
Not just pretty faces..
From the beginning of Generation Pink I knew I didn’t want the final book to be expressing my own opinions. I have been aware that parents have been extremely generous and trusting of me. I have been invited into their houses, (sometimes as a stranger) and allowed to photograph their children. I would not want to criticise anyone’s choice of how to dress or bring up their children. My motivation has been to record the age of pink.
My opinions have driven me to explore this subject, and it is my views that have got me fully engaged in the project. Without a strong interest in the subject I would have given up long ago.
The voices and points of view within the book will come from the children themselves. This week’s blog offering is a test that I made with my daughter, talking about the pink things she has. I have started to interview and record the children I photograph. If the finished work becomes an app I will use the recordings alongside the photographs and in the final printed book they will be used as quotes.
Interviewing and sound recording is new to me. This project is taking me to new places and forcing me to learn new skills that I would not even have considered before. I hope you like..
Not many words this week, as I am at home in Glasgow with my family. Just a couple of photos of stylish Glaswegians and some shots from around the city. If you haven’t been here you might not know Glasgow is a stylish city. People like to dress up. I put this down to the influence of the many Italians that moved here over a century ago.
Blossom in The Carlton.