It's a Pain Being a Girl... with Diana Templeton

What She Said is a new book set for release by photographer Deanna Templeton, which unravels an intense depiction of the agony and ecstasy of youth in todays generation of young women.

Whist being young offers a host of moments of fun and wildness, it similarly comes with an abundance of distress and humiliation. And despite the euphoria that sleepless nights, cigarette smoke and rebellion can bring, it seldom outweighs the pain felt during that awkward period of "growing up".

Whilst I am curious to know what your hot mess bingo score was, I won't draw a spotlight on you. There's no shame in living qnd making mistakes after all. The only shame that exists in this topic of discussion is the fact that it is indeed a shame that we feel shame at all.

Bravely interspersed with her own juvenile diary entries, Deanna Templeton’s new book, What She Said (MACK), takes a compassionate and tender look at that magical time when life was pain and the band t-shirt you wore was a solemn pledge of allegiance.

...wrote the 16-year-old Templeton, introducing herself in bubble handwriting on the pink pages of her ring-bound journal. Which promptly leads on to...

The format of a diary styled book makes for an immersive and engaging read, almost making the reader feel like they're being naughty and peeking into a secret book of tales they REALLY should NOT be peering into. But Deanna wants us to. And so we will.

This long-term project collects together the Californian photographer’s portraits of young women taken over several decades on the streets of the US, Europe and Russia. Drawn to teenagers who identify with counter-cultural movements and subcultures, Templeton has spent years taking the pictures of girls who fly the flag for quintessential teenage outsiderdom – punks with ripped jeans and tights, heavy kohl eye pencil, tattoos, and attitude. Above, take a look through What She Said while, below, we talk to Deanna Templeton about teenage angst, fandom, and why growing up’s such a universally painful experience.


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