Youth Culture 1

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My dissertation, Punk, Art and Education  (1990) involved interviewing and photographing members of youth cultures including punks and dead heads. A common goal among these groups was the improvement of society. The toughness that I expected to find was evident in the music of punks. That toughness contrasted with the "peace and love" calmness of previous generations (especially 1960s). The speed and volume of punk music was a strong declaration of their discontent with society.  Although seemingly opposite, both punks and deadheads had similar messages about the benefits of being creative.   One aspect of my study commented on male dominance in these two subcultures.  Aside from that inequality, the young people made important statements and inspirational music mostly about being aware of injustices among us.

 

Self Portrait, 1980s
Self Portrait, 1980s

tripod and time exposure

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Taylor Dormitory
Taylor Dormitory

1985 infrared film.

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, 1988
, 1988

Pterodactyl Club, Charlotte, Alien Sex Fiends.

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The Dread and the Dead, 1989
The Dread and the Dead, 1989

Charlotte, NC (Yashica Mat 120 camera)

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Punks not Dead, 1989
Punks not Dead, 1989

selectively toned brown

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Pterodactyl Club, 1989
Pterodactyl Club, 1989
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A Gathering, 1989
A Gathering, 1989

35 mm Infrared film

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Abandoned Building, 1988
Abandoned Building, 1988

Charlotte, NC

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The Hair,  1989
The Hair, 1989
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Candice and Leslie, Charlotte,1989
Candice and Leslie, Charlotte,1989

Infrared film

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Punk Club in Charlotte, 1989
Punk Club in Charlotte, 1989
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Chihuahua Beer
Chihuahua Beer

1988

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A US Civil War Flag and Candice, 1988
A US Civil War Flag and Candice, 1988

An original, historic flag

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John's Room, 1989
John's Room, 1989
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Candice and Leslie , 1988
Candice and Leslie , 1988
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Abandoned Building in Charlotte, 1988
Abandoned Building in Charlotte, 1988

Candice and Leslie

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Before a Punk Rock Benefit Performance, 1988
Before a Punk Rock Benefit Performance, 1988

Charlotte, NC

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Candice and Kelly, 1988
Candice and Kelly, 1988
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