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Finding Nuance in Teenage Relationships

Posted by on July 28, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Narratives about teens typically focus on their seemingly impulsive nature, their obsession with social media and a proclivity for drug use and sex, photographer Jazmin Chase says. In her series “The Electromagnetics of a Teenage Reality,” she ditches the broad brush for a much finer one while photographing high schoolers from two New York City art schools, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.

“I was warming up for a different project idea by documenting teens on the street when I came across these vibrant, expressive kids, and I really became fascinated with the ways young people interact and communicate…how they are with each other, and with themselves, physically,” she writes. “‘Electromagnetics’ turns to look at the beauty and nuance of building our identities at that age, and what it really feels like—the energy that attracts and repels us to and from each other and different parts of our developing selves.”

Chase is a social documentary photographer and a Minneapolis-to-New-York transplant. See more of her work at jazminchase.com.

Photos © Jazmin Chase