The Death of Youth

The Death of Youth

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"This project stems from the idea that when a man turns thirty, he reaches a threshold where the possibility of fulfilling youthful fantasies ceases to exist. I have aspired to create a project that not only exemplifies the desires I had as a young man, but also illustrates the desires of a man transitioning into a new life period. In this sense, this series documents a lifestyle that I yearned for as a younger man, and one that I possibly still crave. When I turned thirty, the fantasy portrayed in these photographs became impossible: the person who lives such a life must be born taller, better-looking, handsome, charming, famous and wealthier than I. This project provided me with closure as I concluded one segment of my life—my youth—and began another. I named this series "Death of Youth" as a testament to growing older and leaving my youth behind." Continue reading

Some might miss-classify the work as pornographic. While it is NSFW, I see it as beautiful art photography. The photographer (anonymous?) manages to simultaneously capture innocence and sexuality. Many of the pictures are so natural, like an intimate moment inside a relationship. They are raw and unedited. The women are "normal" everyday women.

The collection of photos calls to mind these two literary excerpts...

(seeing a couple making love near the ocean) “The scene I had just witnessed brought back a lot of memories – not of things I had done but of things I had failed to do, wasted hours and frustrated moments and opportunities forever lost because time had eaten so much of my life and I would never get it back.” - Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary
 
 “A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world.” - Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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Author

Ryan Mulford is a graphic designer and artist.

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