Quite often we’re told that teenage years are the best of our life and that adolescence is a gift. Unfortunately, most often, the realisation of this comes when you’re no longer in it. Youth is not cherished as it should be. Most have an aversion to aging, but the adolescent invariably begs to be that one year older. Each year an underlying hope that the teenage years will pass sneaks into the doors of the mind, as the adolescent begs to be twenty one as soon as possible. Felix Wilding at Wilhelmina Models has the face of an adolescent.
Emerging into each changing colour of youth, Felix becomes each mood presented and captured by photographer Lara Ferri. A haze of concrete on a backstreet parking lot and he is the adolescent exposed to the dreariness of boyhood. Grey is a lingering example of the adolescent’s cosmos from which Felix escapes, emerging into the electric blue world of man. Change emerging, and severed from youth he is charismatic, daring and detached in the only way a man can be and a boy cannot. As boys play with the assumptions of what manhood is like, these are unsolved riddles in the mind of the boy, till they realise most are not true.
Alongside quickened emotions, Nathan Henry provides colourful styling. Block colours and modern day grunge are woven in to add a relatable account of what it’s like to be a teenager of today with baggy trousers by MCQ and shirts upon shirts by Matthew Miller. Something for the adolescent to safely hide behind - in perfect style. Putting his youth on the line for us to see, Felix brings you back to that moment when you were also there. For all those still embracing the golden years, before you're forced to simply play them on repeat, remember that these years indisputably are the best of your life.