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Inspired by the complexity of teenagerhood, Dutch photographer Hellen van Meene created this enticingly eerie photo series of veiled figures. The subjects portrayed find themselves between the stages of childhood and adulthood, and van Meene explores the sense of vulnerability and awkwardness encapsulating this phase of life. The hair covering their faces represents the changes and transitions, and like hair, this age group is a significant mark of growth and record of experiences. And while it doubles as an expression of the individual, it also works as a shield to protect the vulnerable and impressionable teen from the outside world.

Hellen van Meene’s solo show The Bird in Borrowed Feathers will open July 11 at the James Freeman Gallery.

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Credits

Photography Hellen van Meene
Words Katharina Lina

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