Hannah Jones: I wanted to start a photography project that I found socially relatable to not only myself but to everybody who experiences the feelings of confusion, nostalgia, excitement and frustration of being a twenty something in this day and age. The feelings of constant self analysing and worrying about what life is going to turn out like when we finally become that mature and, hopefully, content grownup that we’ve all been saying we want to become. The feelings of wishing that you could rewind to parts of your life that you’d love to relive or change. The feelings of our own idealistic views on what we want and who we want to be, and whether or not they will ever happen. And how hard and frustrating it can be to feel like you’re stuck in a limbo of waiting and wondering to the point of feeling waves of pressure, loneliness, embarrassment and struggle, as we carry on blindly finding our way.
Alex: I think the biggest thing for me is that I have to remind myself that I’m not the same person I was when I was in my late teens. Everything’s changed, and you have to grow up in order to get the things you want and become the person you’ve always said you’re going to become when you’re older. Saying that though, I’m a lot more wiser, a lot more open minded and a lot more confident than what I used to be. Who knows if that’s going to stay the same by the time I hit my thirties.
Catherine: Your twenties is a time worry. I worry on a regular basis about my future. From whether I’ll get a ”real job”, to what colour I should dye my hair next, from what I’m going to turn out like, to what I should watch on Netflix this evening, and so on. People in their thirties don’t have to worry about the most pointless things.
Emma: Being in your twenties during the age of the internet is such a difficult thing to sum up in such a short statement, but I suppose dating websites and apps are what worry me the most. In a world where your personality and substance are ignored and you’re judged purely on how good you look in photographs, we now live in a vanity obsessed culture where we all secretly seek to validate ourselves with selfies. I like to think that a few decades ago, the dating scene was about finding a nice person with common interests to spend time with, but now men and women treat each other as disposable objects. It’s so easy to scroll and swipe through hundreds of singletons in your area and make your choice based on the best selfie, and if you don’t engage in that, you fade into the background.
Hayley: There are moments when I feel like it’s too much. That the process is too difficult. That figuring it out can too heartbreaking at times, and it’s hard carrying all this pressure. But sometimes I’m happy for no reason at all, because I’ve never felt so excited and intrigued with the possibility that anything could happen.
Kai: It’s fine, I suppose. I mean the only thing I find difficult is the money situation, and not having your parents there to constantly help you and saving for things that you actually need and not just want. Apart from that, I’m fine with how things are at the moment. I’ve sort of liked being thrown into it.
Keziah: Your twenties are the only time when you can truly do whatever you want. There’s so much freedom but it feels like you’re being judged for what direction you decide to go in. For me, it feels like I’m having to please other people’s constructions of what a twenty something should be or do.
Marina: I don’t know what my future holds. I have a plan, but I’m not entirely sure if it’s going to pan out the way I want. Being in your twenties involves a lot of waiting. A lot of waiting around for life to start.
Nick: With so much stigma attached to being a twenty something, older adults assume that you’re just another preppy lightweight who knows nothing. But it’s hard to convince them otherwise when there’s little reason for them to believe anything else. Twenty somethings are their own worst enemy.
Olivia: Back when my mother was in her twenties, she told me that she had to pick a job and that’s what she would do until she retired. A secretary or perhaps a teacher, so she could have the same holidays as her future unborn children (assuming that’s what she wanted), and instead she went to art school, travelled, studied biology, and stuck two fingers up at them all. Being in my twenties, I still get this pressure that you have to have it all figured out. You still have to pick who and what you want to be for the rest of your life – only they throw in a bundle more choices to pick from. I asked my mother how the hell did she just do it her own way and ignored everybody else, and she told me not to worry so much, and that it takes ten years to be a true master at something, and to look after myself, live well, and think about how many chances you’ll get to do everything that you want to do.
Siri: It’s a lot about not only getting a job but a full time career at a set age and it’s so easy to get judged with the choices that you’ve made. And it only gets worse every year, especially when you’ve done an art degree – it’s even more difficult. Things seem like they’ll never happen if it hasn’t already, which is just wrong.
A project by Hannah Jones (https://instagram.com/evieeeejones/)