We talked to London-based photographer David Stewart last year about his series Teenage Pre-occupation, of which at that time was in the design stage of becoming a book. The series explores teen culture and experience from Stewart’s point of view—the awkwardness and insecurity, the search for belonging, the need to be cool. With a generation of teens hooked on the internet and technology, the work contemplates not just the virtual world they live in, but what will become of them post-highschool.
Stewart celebrated the book’s launch this past month in a fashion that served as an extension of the project. The night featured live performance and details taken from themes in the book—guests entered on a cornflake carpet, pot noodles were served by teens, and teen action could be viewed through letter box peep holes.
From the launch party: