Grounded in the ideals of a counter-cultural past and freed from the forced constraints of a conventional camp experience, these photographs explore a society of teenagers empowered through otherwise impossible freedoms.
Nestled in the mountains of Massachusetts is Rowe Camp, a summer utopia self-governed by teens. In the real world, the campers are too young to vote, but here they’re allowed to give strong opinions about the way they live. It’s a glimpse into what life might be like if no ideas were too absurd and eccentricity was the rule, not the exception. My own summers spent at Rowe were both a culture shock and nothing short of paradise. Years after my initiation, I returned to photograph the rituals and intricacies of this unusual community.
From the series ‘Cruel Story of Youth’
These images were produced in Handsworth, Birmingham; in Britain’s second largest city. They are a snapshot of contemporary Britain that perhaps some wish not to see and yet at its heart is a story of young people who feel forgotten in a city they feel is not theirs and of a young man of eighteen called ‘Fire’.
Already in his short life, ‘Fire’ (he refuses to use his ‘government name’) has been homeless, a gang member and now a father to a son who he hopes will not live a life like his.
From the series ‘The Hidden Landscape’
In the second half of the 18th century romantics revolted against the Industrial revolution in Europe – against rationalization of nature, against social and political norms. In art, a viewer once again was allowed to use his emotions and imagination. Inspired by German and French Romanticism, this ongoing project from Ukraine is my attempt to show how Nature and Man have learned to live within the industrial complex. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, much of Eastern Ukraine ended up ruined many mines and massive factories are lying abandoned, people are unemployed or earn just enough to survive abandoned by the government – and nature is taking over in full force. For decades this land was a symbol of Soviet Rationalism and victory over Nature, but it did not take long for all of that to crumble, leaving behind ruined lives.
From the series ‘donbass-romanticism’
Misha was named PDN 30 and Critical Mass Top 50 this year.