Childhood & Parenting Through The Decades

Modern Babysitter

 

Photographer  Nolan Streitberger is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  From the project ‘Raised in America’To see  Nolan’s body of work, click on any image.

 

Desensitized

 

Assimilation

 

Childhood in America today is much more complex than it has ever been. I was lucky enough to be raised in the 80’s and 90’s, when children still had a sense of freedom and independence. There were very few worries and I was able to go on adventures and express myself freely. I was not concerned about what was going on in the world, who was president, or whether I might be shot, kidnapped, hurt, sick, or addicted to anything. I could be myself.

 

Dress Code

 

Side effects include

 

In the past, children were forced to work like adults but today’s modern child is forced to think like an adult. We are raising children within a culture heavily dominated by the entertainment industry and the media. We are hammering them with social rules and stereotypes, regulating them, over scheduling them, while over protecting and sheltering them at the same time. We drag them through our own social battles and expect the same from them. At the end of the day we offer them electronic devices to quiet and entertain them so we don’t have to.

 

Cut the Cord

 

Candy Cigarette

 

Comfort

 

I create my images utilizing negative panoramic space, breaking the quotidian of the photographic frame. The subject is isolated and alone, a child’s hands are raised, often holding up a simple object to bring a visual narrative of what it is like being “Raised in America.”

 

Go Play

 

Peice of Meat

 

How do I Look

 

All images & text ©  Nolan Streitberger

 

 

See also:

Long Summer Days

By  Nolan Streitberger

 

 

 

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