A teenager’s bedroom is no doubt their sanctuary. Their home within a home, the ‘off-limits’ status generally attributed to an adolescent bedroom is a fair one. Yet one person who has managed to capture the inner workings of this sacred place – and in turn, the inner world of its inhabitant – is Adrienne Salinger.
The photographer, whose work has been exhibited around the world, has a particular affinity for climbing into the interior realms of groups, be they generational, cultural or otherwise. With a style that straddles documentary and CSI – the latter particularly evident with her ‘Tooth’ and ‘Glove’ series – Salinger’s exploration of 90s youths in ‘Teenagers’ has a really insightful edge.
The startling photography isn’t the only work of magic. Joined to each shot is a short quotation from the subject, which are as incredible as the imagery itself. From teenage pregnancies and foot amputations to some of life’s big themes – love, drugs, religion – the stories divulged to Salinger, and therefore to us, are nothing short of amazing. All the more so for the fact that they’re told from the unique perspective of teenagers.
See more work by Adrienne Salinger here.