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We’ve all seen others go through it. We’ve all gone through it. And maybe some of us are going through it right now. Adolescence.

Many have described adolescence as beautiful, empowering and a wonderful time. It’s a time for discoveries, a time to find yourself, a time to figure out what you want to do in life.

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Well, I’m calling baked sardines on that. Yeah, it’s beautiful, but not in the way you’d think. It’s beautiful not because of how media portrays it — teens waking up with suddenly perfect hair and clothes neatly pressed and practically skipping to school with their best friend they’ve known since kindergarten, worrying only about  dating and nails and what kind of place they should eat at next.

It’s a little more distorted,

a little more emotionally raw,

a little more ugly.

We’re forced to face problems that we were sheltered from before or maybe haven’t had the chance to really think about. We’re pitted against our most treasured ideas and moments and people. And yet, adolescence is a little bit like magic. We’re learning to take notice of the more whimsical aspects of life, to have faith in ourselves and to trust that things will always get better. Sometimes when we do have to face our demons, things get disastrous. But being young, being youthful, being alive gives us chances to turn things around.

I’ve been thinking about this sort of stuff a lot lately. That’s why this week’s artists of the week are going to be Alex Stoddard and Marcus Moller Bitsch, young photographers who I believe are  great at capturing those slight cracks in our perfect masks, the broken hinges of the doors in our head, those unavoidable moments in life when everything falls apart. I was just cruising around My Modern Metropolis, a website dedicated to art, when I found their portraits and I fell in love with their work. This collection of photos will have the resounding theme of adolescence.

alex adolescence

Adolescence by Alex Stoddard

Link: http://flic.kr/p/cD5enw

alex rabbit hole

Return from the Rabbit Hole by Alex Stoddard

 Link: http://flic.kr/p/bgmv7F

marcus amour

Amour by Marcus Moller Bitsch

Link: http://flic.kr/p/dYMu5c

marcus sink slowly

Sink Slowly by Marcus Moller Bitsch

Link: http://flic.kr/p/dHacAZ

Living in Your Own Pollution by Marcus MB

As for the last one, I couldn’t find the exact photo of it so I linked the page instead. I hope you have enjoyed this selection of photos. Hopefully I’ll be able to introduce more types of art to this blog. Be well, young readers. We’ll get through this.

-The Clubs

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