It’s Complicated: The American Teenager

8 04 2008

Photojournalist Robin Bowman spent four years driving across the United States photographing and interviewing more than 400 American teens. She asked each teen questions about family, school, drugs, money, aspirations and fears. In the pictures, some teens appear with friends, lovers, or babies of their own – a few with a parent or grandparent. Almost all appear in their homes or neighborhoods.

Why, you ask? “I allowed them to have a voice, feel secure, and share their lives,” says Ms. Bowman. “Teenagers are given a bad rap in many ways. People are terrified of them. They’re very controlled in those years, very influenced by family, community, school, church. They’re trying to break away and to form themselves.” Absolutely amazing. Check out some of the results from her book here.


Show Us How Technology Has Changed Your Life

11 03 2008

Technology GadgetWhat would you do without your cell phone or your MySpace page?

Can you imagine trying to survive in a world where there was no Internet?

What do you think the future may hold for the evolution of technology?

Will there be a day when we wear mini-computers in our eyeglasses, or even have them attached to our bodies or hidden under our skin? Certain scientists are already theorizing these exact things.

We want to know what you think about all these issues.

Teen Tech Week kicked off on March 2nd, but you have the entire month to show us your creative side. Select libraries are holding photography and writing contests, with the subject, “Show Us How Technology Has Changed Your Life.”

Winners will be judged based on expert, as well as teen opinion (not that you guys aren’t experts). Winning work will be posted to the TeenSpace Blog. Entries are due by March 31st.

Participating Libraries (call for details):

Bowie — (301) 262-7000

Largo-Kettering — (301) 336-4044

Laurel (photography only) — (301) 776-6790

Surratts-Clinton (photography only) — (301) 868-9200

Upper Marlboro (photography only) — (301) 627-9330