deeds of the unspecial

Companystudio james cornetet
Photographerjames cornetet
PrizeHonorable Mention

What if photographs of dead children and teenage murderers accompanied the shocking headlines that seem to be commonplace in America? Perhaps these events would cease to exist. Truth be told, I find this series most offensive, not because of the images or the content, but the reality of its context. Social, political and economic forces prevent true change from taking effect. Politicians placate to the masses by focusing on the preservation of gun rights or passing of legislation that will do little to solve the real problem. Video games, movies and music are a few of the industries that benefit from a culture where morality and values have been carelessly traded for cheap thrills punctuated by sex crimes and acts of violence. Our children are troubled, they are told they are special and unique. But when they discover otherwise, their struggle to have their voices heard often ends in a violent self-destructive cry for HELP! I am tired of reading about the deeds of the unspecial and political maneuvering that leads to more innocence lost. This series is the result of nearly 6 months of planning and staging to recreate a classroom for photographing a distraught teen who wavering between good and evil. The only solace offered to the viewer are the subtle queues that reminds them that this is a troubled child’s twisted fantasy and not a nightmare turned reality.