Youth Culture 1980s and 1990s
As a college professor and enthusiastic researcher of pop culture, it is fun to photograph my students. The creativity of their clothing, hairstyles, dancing and music are endlessly fascinating. Often these young people possess a strong promise that their beliefs, protests and celebrations will change the world. All images are film-based photography made in a darkroom.
1989 Charlotte, NC spontaneous shot on the street
This was taken outside the club and features a young man who has just been given a ticket to the Alien Sex Fiend performance.
selectively toned There was an old hotel in downtown Charlotte where the trash and graffiti were prevalent.
A former student gave me an old and tattered American flag, which was damaged during a war. We think it was the US Civil War. It seems appropriate to honor rather than destroy this relic and thus it shows up in many photographs.
Candice, a former student, helped greatly during photo shoots for research on Punk culture. Her friend, Leslie also donated much time to pose and document the scene.