Portrait of Darleen, 2007
The photograph is from an exhibition entitled "Thirteen" by German professional photographer Janina Wick. It shows a young girl leaning slightly against a tree, against the background of a graffiti-covered wall, in an urban environment. The artist created this series of images in the tradition of formal portrait photography, to explore the way her subjects—young girls in early adolescence—portray themselves and at the same time reveal unintended vulnerability, awkwardness, and cultural aspects of the feminine adult world they aspire to enter. Wick photographs these young women in their own surroundings, wearing their own clothing. She takes multiple exposures, mostly allowing her subjects to pose themselves, but prefers the three-quarter portrait over full-frontal camera shots.
Photograph "Darleen" by Janina Wick from the exhibition catalogue Thirteen: Janina Wick/Ann-Christin Bertrand, Deutscher Kunstverlag, Berlin, 2008 (accessed October 30, 2009). Annotated by Susan Douglass.