Jiazhi Cao

Photography BA(Hons)

Tangled Age

This project is focusing on exploring identity formation around similar-age teenagers. Under the situation that whole country is a lockdown, physically are trapped in our own place, be away from family, friends, society. On a spiritual level, young people are easily facing expectations from society. These expectations are trapping and forcing them to choose between following or against it. There is a common excuse that external factor is a difficulty to achieve your aim or be the person you want. Is that true? Seems like the trap always exists in our life. In Buddhist thought to being alive is a process of suffering, when we pass one of the traps the next one will catch on. Trying to solve it is a positive way but we may never escape from it. Possibly using another view to think about it, take it as a part of life’s journey, everything can be changed.