Framing The World Through My Photographs
Although teens are mentioned a lot in the media they are never featured for the right reasons, this is why I wanted to focus on teenagers, in particularly males
The media in recent years have branded lazy, lay about ‘hoodies’. In 2009 independent.co.uk took a survey of nearly 1,000 boys, and found that 85% believed newspapers portray them in a bad light.
I have found a few articles from recents weeks that I have noticed in the media.
In February following a four week trial three teenage boys were sentenced for a fatal attack on a homeless man as he slept rough outside of a supermarket.
Connor Doran (17), Brandon Doran(14) and Simon Evans (14) all denied the murder of Kevin Bennett. Connor Doran was sentenced for at least 12 years, Simon Evans was sentenced for at least 8 years and Brandon Doran received six year for acting as a look out.
Victoria Station Stabbing.
Recently the cctv footage was released of the Victoria station stabbing. Although the attack actually happened 3 years ago the footage has only just been released, bringing it to my attention as I wasn’t aware of this.
The footage shows a gang of 20 youths (teens) pursuing on 15 year old boy before stabbing him to death, in front of commuters int he station.
I think that the media has given the impression in particularly for males, that all they do is hang around the street causing trouble, I am not saying the media is completely wrong (proved by the two storied above) about all teens, but the majority of teens are good hardworking people that have their own ambitions.
My little brother is the perfect example of a teen who uses his time well and not just hanging around on the street with his friends, he balances his hobby with school work and his social life.
My fifteen year old brother is a classic car enthusiast. At the age of 10 my parents brought Josh his first car which along with my dad they worked to fix it and sell it on. With the money Josh gained from selling that car he brought another car which he fixes and sells on. Josh is now working on his 7th car at the age of 15. Josh is part of a car club (Scimweb) of which Josh is the youngest member, with josh posting updates onto the page of what he has done and what is needed to do , the older members are all too happy to help,whether it be offering to help fix a part or donating spare parts they may have.
Not that I would tell my little brother this, but I am proud of him for having the knowledge and drive to be able to buy,fix and sell seven cars at the age of 15.
Below are some photos I found in a family photo album and some photos are ones that josh as taken of his projects.
Josh working on one of his cars at the age of 10.