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”.