Childhood in America today is much more complex than it has ever been. I was lucky enough to be raised in the '80s and '90s when children still had a sense of freedom and independence. There were very few worries and I was able to go on adventures and express myself freely. I was not concerned about what was going on in the world, who was a president, or whether I might be shot, kidnapped, hurt, sick, or addicted to anything. I could be myself.

In the past, children were forced to work like adults but a modern child is forced to think like an adult. We are raising children within a culture heavily dominated by the media and entertainment industry. We are hammering them with social rules and stereotypes, regulating them, overscheduling them while overprotecting and sheltering them at the same time. We drag them through our own social battles and expect the same from them. At the end of the day, we offer them electronic devices to keep them quiet and to entertain them so we don't have to.

I create my images utilizing negative panoramic space, breaking the quotidian of the photographic frame. The subject is isolated and alone, a child's hands are raised, often holding up a simple object to bring a visual narrative of what it is like being “Raised in America”.

More info: nolanstreitberger.com | Instagram

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And Now We Feast

And Now We Feast

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C 7 months ago

Well interestingly enough, McDonalds exists in 119 countries, not just America

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How Do I Look?

How Do I Look?

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Assimilation

Assimilation

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Von 7 months ago

Appropriation*

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The Modern Babysitter

The Modern Babysitter

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Just a Purpler 7 months ago

Man well that certainly wasn't true for me!! There a family of truly lovable kids I babysat for many years before they moved away... I still check up on them, and I spent every payed hour giving the time of their lives. I understand what a positive influence an older teenager can have on young kids. It's an influence I always wished I had growing up myself

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Side Effects May Include

Side Effects May Include

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Lizzie the Crayon 7 months ago (edited)

There was a mediceine that said: "May cause Heart Attack, Stroke, Hault of Breath, Death, terminal illness, intrest in suicidal actions, and other death related thoughts, actions, or illnesses, along with diahhrea, projectile vomiting, rash, or depression." Who would even take that risk?!

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Comfort

Comfort

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Lizzie the Crayon 7 months ago

#Sweatpants

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Go Play

Go Play

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Lizzie the Crayon 7 months ago

I mean, i see this. Its OK to play video games, but if thats all you do, its an unhealthy obsession, and can ruin your physical and mental health. Example: Fortnite. If thats all you focus on, your IQ does get a bit lower each time you play. If you play something like Nintendo Labo, thats more innovative, and boots creativity, so that one is one of the best ones to play if video games is an obesssion...

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Cut The Cord

Cut The Cord

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Desensitized

Desensitized

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Vicky Zar 7 months ago

I always found it .... mildly disturbing that the US is censoring perfectly normal things like nakedness and such but will allow small kids to watch violence in movies and games.

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Candy Cigarette

Candy Cigarette

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C 7 months ago

I loved these as a kid. And I've never smoked a real one, ever

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Sheltered

Sheltered

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Agitprop

Agitprop

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anarkzie 7 months ago

Is print media still going strong in America?

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Layers

Layers

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#dripcheck 7 months ago

Ogers are like onions

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Dress Code

Dress Code

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CCL_2018 7 months ago

Why is it a welding glove? That make no sense

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Piece Of Meat

Piece Of Meat

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Lizzie the Crayon 7 months ago

*Vegans just left the chat*