Jack Cooper for Issue 11

11 November 2016

As he entered this world, they were all just discovering it. As he grew everyday, she was growing along with him. Witnessing him push boundaries is what allowed their bond to form into something unbreakable. Time is a frightening realization. She is his shield of protection; attempting to guide him into the right direction, laughing with him until tears stream down their faces. She watches, as he explores the woods embarking on unplanned adventures. She is his diary, listening and locking secrets, whilst pinky swearing at the end that she won't tell a soul. She watches him grow, unveiling familiar qualities whilst developing into a beautiful distinctive individual ready to take flight. You don't usually get the chance to pick who looks after you, but he did. He chose her.

'The Godmother' is a documentary feature presented within Issue 11 'Imagined Songs', where photographer Venetia Dearden observes and documents a personal analogue of her godson Jack Cooper. Locking snippets of his life into reels of film and developed into a timeless flow of grainy textured, uncreatable imagery. Being present through the significant stages of Jack's life has created an effortless approach for Venetia, as she comfortably captures his mundane daily encounters - exploring the freedom of youth. Caught in the moment like a family photo album, we continue to present the boys of today through the eyes of our female photographers.

To parachute into Jack's world with Venetia beyond the below brief preview, grab a copy of Issue 11, which is available online and in stores now.

Jack_BBGIssue1115
Jack_BBGIssue11_30
Jack_BBGIssue11_31
Jack_BBGIssue11_35
Jack_BBGIssue11_37
Follow us on Instagram @boysbygirls
View View View @nickhargrove and Hedvig connect over moody European roots (we blame the weather!), humans' innate longing for belonging, and Nick's journey... View @nickhargrove on feeling connectedSee link in bio for the full feature.Interview @hedvigwerner
View Gigi captures ‘Charmed’ star @nickhargrove in a new exclusive feature. See link in bio for the full feature. Photography @ggphotographyofficial... View Turn down the TV so it doesn’t clash with the sounds of bodies in sync. All in, don’t hold anything... View Soft cotton bedsheets smooth and caress weary limbs. Come rain or shine, the airy fabrics welcome their tenant home. ... View Lucy found Tom and Francesc to be incredibly comfortable both in front of each other and the camera while being... View Ecstasy from dusk to dawn when in each other’s company. Pure elation arising from the simplicity of fingers running down... View This series was inspired around Lucy being in love herself and the overwhelming feelings of falling in love. She wanted... View Engulfed in each other, problems and politics blur into background noise of a soundtrack delightfully ignored. . . Photography by... View A bed fit for kings hosts the sincerest intimacies. Eye to eye. Chest to chest. Lips to lips. Honesties slip... View Between veins and nails lie the beauty of the details. Mental notes remember the way they reach out, how they... View This week’s exclusive Instagram editorial is ‘The Touch’ by Lucy Jarvis. Lucy photographs her close friend Tom and his partner... View The threads they’re clad in too - styled by Sara Grižon - holding the human, keeping it safe, showing us... View Doesn’t it make the air lighter, to see how easy they breathe together? Same lungs, same heart, same blood -... View We can watch the Slovenian @zavbibrothers cultivate this forest with their memories, scattering their present onto the overgrown paths. We... View Motion and stasis, the undergrowth and the sky - a sense of balance meted out to brighten life’s lessons. Even... View Boyhood is a kingdom of sticks huddled in leafmould, defying autumn. See link in bio for the full feature. Talent... View Veronika Malačič captures Slovenian brothers and musicians, @zavbibrothers in a series of black and white frames, accompanied along with a...