Photography

Young Love: Photographing the Messy Drama of Being a Teenager

October 05, 2017

In the year 2000, Ewen Spencer was commissioned by Graham Rounthwaite at British music, fashion and culture magazine The Face to create a series focusing on youth clubs across the United Kingdom. From Cornwall to Lancashire, Spencer photographed teens as they drank, danced and fell in and out of love and lust.

“Today we stay younger longer and become grown up sooner. The successes of making any sort of story around youth is to recognise that we’ve all been there at sometime in our lives. Being a Teenager is a concentrated moment of the human condition - all of the successes and pitfalls all being played out in one messy drama.” —Ewen Spencer

The photographs in the series are published in a new book, Young Love, available at Stanley Barker Press.