All art forms, from photography to painting, attempt to portray society’s current concerns. A photographer will choose the best image to reflect these issues. Laura Pannack seeks to show the struggles and lives of teenage boys as they search for new adventures and better ways of living. Pannack published a photo of an adolescent boy who shows signs of youth, charms and compromise innocence.
He is probably in his early teens, judging by the appearance and height of this boy. The society might have an expectation for his behavior since he is in a stage of self-identification. To find the right place for him, the youngster travels through his life. It is clear that the young man in this photo is trying to stay on top of fashion trends by his grooming and clothes. It is possible that the hairstyle is related to punk culture, which is marked by rebellion against societal norms and a radical mentality. He is a liberated individual who appreciates contemporary youth fashion and wears pants with a T-shirt.
Additionally, the right-hand side of the boy’s body represents beauty and purity. Smooth skin on the boy might indicate that he is still not at physical maturity. This could be caused by his growing beards. Additionally, the right-hander is holding a candy, which indicates that he has not lost his childhood love for sweets.
His left side, however, is a symbol of a new innocence. He is an expert smoker, as evidenced by the way he holds a lit cigar. This image may illustrate the dangers of allowing adolescents to be exposed while living their lives. They may be pursuing the image of being a brave, fearless leader among their peers or simply for sheer joy. However, having candy on his left side shows that the youngster is not allowed to smoke and is therefore underage. His left side has a black spot, indicating that he suffered injuries in a conflict. His irresponsibility, helplessness and injuries are evident (Laura Pannack. 2021). The youngster could also be associated with a gang which introduced him to cigar smoking and most likely other narcotics.
His moral composure and acceptance of innocent standards may have been reflected in the representation of his right side, which is represented by his smooth smile and sweet in his hand. It could be that the youngster strives against the expectations of society by using the cigarette and damaged left face. This is the most dangerous and destructive half of society.