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 The pink is a cacophony against the emptiness - a melody line paced in a second-hand birthday suit, easily hemmed... View And we are wild to make it stop: stuck in an empty booth, bold colours warming us up, no microphones... View He is light as a feather. Leather weighs heavy on him, adds ballast to his reality, suddenly makes it terrifying... View In the safety of a white suit, he blows himself about the empty space, spinning between instruments like a bird... View Like a hawk or an old hero, staring down the back of his future’s head, this boy takes to empty... View If change doesn’t arrive obediently, it will be chased down and hunted by the hungry. Peace is not prop for... View Falling apart at the seams and dripping onto the carpet of grass beneath bruised feet as the race for the... View Forget figuring out the bus routes, forge new passports with model mugshots and sprint for the border closing in around... View The traffic is stalled in the streets, halted by a punishing red light at every crossroads in every direction. City... View Tommy traces graffiti scrawled along paint, cement, and brick swirling in patterns denoting names and connoting beliefs while stylist Kayleigh... View Quitting a town named Stagnation in favour of an unfamiliar map revealing the temptation of breaking out into the unknown... View Rendezvous at the confidential hotspot for meaningful action. Setting the wheels in motion for an alternative living and imposing a... View Pushing through the crowd and negotiating the battlefield of elbows and toes, the commotion expands to a deafening silence. Chants... View This week’s exclusive Instagram editorial is ‘Standstill’ featuring Tommy Harragan at IMG models. Photographer Amber Grace Dixon captures Tommy’s standout... View A Renaissance man in every sense, @kalamaepstein writes/directs as well as acts and has a couple of shorts currently in... View View @kalamaepstein is photographed around Venice Beach, California - incidentally the location for one of his earliest projects, the short film... View View View Like a moth to a flame, some souls are drawn towards the light. Others seek solace dancing amongst the shadows...