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  • By Lucy Brooker
    Dec 2, 2008
    "My view on " ‘The Adolescent Adult’ has a documentary feel to it, from the title of the book; The Adolescent Adult it seems that the author is documenting the struggle of a teenager in today’s world… The author has produced images which I think people can easily relate to. When growing up all girls go through the same sort of processes, starting to wear make-up and experimenting with grown up things such as, smoking. The book shows these aspects quite clearly and I think that the fact that people will be able to relate to the photos will make it a success. I think that the title is a clever use of words; it is ironic to use the word ‘adult’ when documenting a child’s life; however it is true to think that teenagers of this current generation are struggling more and more with the weights of the world on their shoulders. The front cover image is good, the wrap around affect of one image is a strong image, and by having just the girls hand in shot on the cover with the title... More > just tucked underneath is clever use of composition. I really like the way the book flows with contrasts of double page spreads and double image shots, one zooming into another. I think it is a good affect, really making the viewer focus in on what is to be seen in the image. The book uses a sequence of images that follow on from each other almost creating like a narrative or story; a sequence of events that make you want to turn the page and see what is next. The lighting is natural and not heavily saturated so it fits well with the documentary persona; raw and real. Full bleed was a good choice of layout for these images because it means that all attention is left to what is in the image instead of being distracted by borders or other text on the page. In my view a photobook should be just images no text that will influence or encourage the viewer into perceiving what you want them to think. By having the text, a slight description at the back of the image it is then good for the viewer to see whether what they were thinking throughout the images, was in fact what the photographer wanted you to get from it. In my opinion I felt like what I was seeing was in fact what it was meant to portray, and therefore I think that ‘The Adolescent Adult’ is a successful photobook.< Less
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Emma Coleman, c/o LSBU BA (Hons) Digital Photography
February 4, 2009
Saddle-stitch Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
0.21 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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