In Solus at Stevenson, photographer Pieter Hugo displays on the values that represent the manner industry’s shifting aesthetic as a result of a sequence of easy portraits of road-forged designs. Hugo uncovered himself captivated by sitters with unconventional and atypical seems to be, notably right before they underwent fashion’s machinations of wardrobe, makeup and hair. He has penned:
“If ordinary is symmetrical I am drawn to the asymmetrical. The rigidity of a usual gait need to be stifling. Society would like to manage by a dualistic position where by every little thing is about harmony and resolution. Uninteresting! Give me limping peg-legged pirates any day – not for their change but their uniqueness. These young ones are at an age where every little thing changes day by day. Where by the earth doesn’t spin rapidly enough. There’s an outstanding splendor in the mess of youth, and there is a thing affirming in not getting run-of-the-mill. I assume every person can relate to not fitting in, not belonging. I relate to their seeming strangeness.”
Drawn to this uniqueness and recalling the sense of not-belonging that is part of the intensive working experience of youth, Hugo’s invitation to the styles was ‘Simply present yourself’. The ensuing photographs embrace vulnerability and frailty as much as they do the agency and idealism of their topics.