I don’t remember much of my early childhood but my teen years are vivid with the sense of excitement, rebellion and heartbreak still fresh almost 20 years on. Free from fear of consequence whilst at once weighted down with expectation, growing up has never been easy. These girls are reflection of who I was and who I still am.

Shania and Teeya are half sisters and Daisy is their older cousin. Connecting with them initially through social media, I have become a neutral source for these girls to chat with, text messaging creating a dialogue before meeting. The relationship formed between us becomes integral to the photography, these teens drop the artifice of the " selfie" and allow me into their lives to photograph them without artifice showing incredible openness and vulnerability.

In this long form, ongoing series I use portraiture to humanize a generation caught between traditional expectations of teenage hood and the strong push by 21st century society to grow up fast. Boyfriends remain transient in the photos, always playing secondary roles in the girls lives. The girls grow in front of the camera, some become mothers, others drug users and all face their first heartbreak.

In a world of social media, easy gratification and uncertainty, this body of work engages with young and vulnerable women whom are rarely given such a spotlight, asking the viewer to challenge traditional held notions around the complexities growing up.

Daisyanna when she was 16. Daisy was the first girl I photographed for this series. She lives in a small town an hour out of the city of Melbourne. Despite her doll like appearance, Daisy has a powerful sexuality. A mother at 15 she understands the power she holds over men in a way that is rare. Beautiful and volatile she dreams of a life in the city.


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Daisyanna, 16 with her boyfriend Cam in her caravan in Ballarat. Their volatile relationship lasted a little over 12 months, and Daisy has not had a serious boyfriend since.

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Daisy's bedroom 2016

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Daisyanna, 16 and her son Noah

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Cam, 16

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Daisy with her best fiend Angel. Not long after this photo was taken Angel moved away.

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Daisy in her son's room

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Daisy and her mother Kathy. Kathy tells me she nicknamed her daughter "Cyclone Daisy" growing up.



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Portrait of Daisy, 2016. With no school or job, Daisy spends much of her day posting to social media and practicing to become a nail technician.

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Shania, 16. Daisy's younger cousin Shania and I instantly connected when we met. With none of the confidence of her older cousin, her teen years had already been touched by drugs, crime and pain.

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Shania, 16 and Nic, 15

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Shania and Johnny

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Shania with a fresh scab from her head butting the wall in anger.

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Shania, 17 and 3 months pregnant. After a long period of no contact Shania rang me to let me know she had a new boyfriend and he had " turned her life around" She was healthy, clean and happy. 2 months into their relationship she fell pregnant and is due to have her daughter late this year

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Shania and her daughter Ellie Jean

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Shania and Teeya

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Teeya, 13. Teeya is Daisy's younger cousin and Shania's sister. Intelligent and funny, she has been in rush to grow up.

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Teeya, 14

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Teeya, 16

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