Graduate: Annie Ounstead

22 August 2014

Every year we check out some of the photography talent that graduate and see what makes us feel all good inside. This year one or our previous interns Annie Ounstead exhibited her work as part of the 'The Collective 2014 exhibition', which took place at Hoxton Arches on the 27th of June.

Her exhibit was an impressive eclectic mix of beautiful photography. Annie's photography series, 'To Be Young', revolves around the idea of coming to terms with growing up, an all familiar BBG theme. She documents a group of young people from a range of ages, how they felt at this time in their youth and how they have adjusted to leaving it. Through her Boys by Girls internship Annie was drawn to the idea of youth. Inspired by Issue 4 'A place called youth', which explored the concept surrounding obsession with youth, and the idea that once you have recognised that you are no longer in that place, can you ever return to it.

The combination of her photo sets alongside a personal text of the subjects feelings, creates a very personal reflection of the individual behind the photograph. There is a distant dreamlike quality in many of the photographs, which perhaps suggest the individuals thoughts towards their future and nostalgia towards the past. Annie's approach towards her work is natural and free, the playful angles and candid style creates an alluring depth to these beautiful images. The landscapes in which Annie has shot the project are both beautiful and bleak, which almost reflects the limbo these young people feel they're in.

We are so proud of Annie happy to have been able to inspire such a beautiful collection of work. The series we share below is the focus on George, her little brother. Her closeness to her subject adds that extra little bit of intimacy, which makes these images even more interesting. Enjoy, and all the best Annie!

Words by Lottie Turner.

George_copy1
George_SN25_copy
Resized2
George_SN13bigger_copy
George_SN20_copy_copy1
Resized
Follow us on Instagram @boysbygirls
View Clarity of vision, sweeter than a caged smile. The Book of Happiness brings together @_farhaannnn_ and @timgnk_ in this colourful... View What would a smile be if we caged it? Sour. Sweetness quickly rots when it can’t dance and a tooth’s... View ‘Try to hold it in your hands and watch it slip away like water from your palms - too fast... View In collaboration with @aceandtate, photographer and editor @cecilieharris presents you with the key to unlock joy: The Book of Happiness... View Close your eyes and breathe it in. Closer to ‘glede’ with every new frame. The Book of Happiness: an exclusive... View Senses delight in a purple explosion as we transport you across fields of endless lavender with an exclusive @aceandtate collaboration... View Growing up as a female, @krowwithak walked a fine line between self-love and self-hate. Now, he embraces himself wholly and... View ‘One of my favourite moments was the first time I was able to use the men’s washroom. I was always... View In a homely studio in London, we are taken down @krowwithak ’s road to ‘glede’, and learn that beauty can... View For model @krowwithak , Cosplay and music are the guiding lights during times of darkness. Discover the beauty in both... View It’s a name I chose for myself when I was 12 years old. It came to me one day when... View @krowwithak found the confidence to transition after immersing himself in the Cosplay community. @cecilieharris talks to the model about his... View Running free amongst the open fields, sheep and stunning views, memories of childhood flood the senses as we find cover... View ‘Having previously told me about how he loved to roam freely in nature as a kid, letting him run free... View Closer to the ocean, yet not quite there. A secret hideout - that kind of hideout we all need sometimes... View Cecilie Harris captures cover boy Louis Baines for BBG Issue 15. A boy that pulls at the human strings in... View Allowing ourselves to escape sometimes is key to our happiness. In our fashion cover story with @louis.baines , we rediscover... View ‘I didn’t see the Dylan I see now or really come into myself until I was 23. I hid everything... View ‘I think you should put some pressure on yourself in leaving behind a good legacy. I think you owe it...