being generation y
5 perspectives on coming of age – Bangkok, Belgrad, Havanna, Plymouth, Wangige
photography & concept by
Pamina Aichhorn, Melanie Asböck, Isabella Hewlett, Antonia Mayer & Jana Sabo
graphic design & layout by
*Part of Vienna Photobook Review 2016 Shortlist*
Where do I come from, where will I go and which means do I have to get there? Do I even want reach this point?
These are just a few examples of questions, which all adults have found themselves confronted with at some point and which are far from being easily answered. Questions such as these, were the initial spark that brought our team together to create this photographic project. We, a team of five young photographers, took it upon ourselves to find answers.
The most plausible method to us seemed to communicate directly with those that currently were dealing with this topic – young adults. So we went searching for different people, who would be prepared to grant us insight into their lives and allow us to document it and to photograph their daily routine. To give an expressive impression, we looked for five personalities with different cultural background and influences, who would be prepared to be a part of this project. This is how we came to meet a film student in Belgrade, an English & French teacher in Vienna, a father of a family in Kenya, a taxi driver in Cuba and a music producer in Bangkok.
Throughout this project it is not our intention, to display the coming of age of the various stereotypes we connect with these countries. Rather we aim to depict individual stories of individual people and show you the path that they have personally chosen.
Soon we came to realise that this project holds far more than exclusively the stories of our five protagonists. On the contrary, we had to admit to ourselves that, as part of the generation we were portraying, we did not only posses this as an advantage when documenting our participants, but inevitably became a part of the story we were telling.
Unavoidably we began to draw parallels to our own lives and reflect upon ourselves and the choices that have made us who we are. Thus we invite you, dear Reader, to ask yourself, as well: “Who would I be, had I been born somewhere else?”