Photographs by Liz Calvi
November 3, 2014
Critic: Meg Birnbaum
Ask your brother if he knows my brother. He will know him. He’s terrible….”
Lost Boys depicts young men living in the American suburbs. Their age’s range from 18
– 25, they are from Generation Y. In reverie between youth and adulthood, this
generation has been called the peter pan generation because they’ve had delays into
adulthood and frequently return to their hometowns because of financial hardships. These
are my brothers. Some I knew from my past and others I’ve met recently. Not only do
they embody a generation, but they also epitomize the actions of generations past.
I want to feel what home means to these boys and what it means to feel happiness and
freedom; ideas that we have constructed in relation to the American Dream. These boys
are all in a state of repose in their parent’s homes; not the common trajectory for males in
accordance to the American Dream.
I aim to have the boys dually express a level of vulnerability and tenderness that is often
looked down upon for men. Being a female photographer, I am also questioning the male
gaze to further challenge gender stereotypes.
“If your brother is so terrible then what are you?” I asked this boy casually smoking in
front of me. He took a deep inhale before responding.
“Beloved.” He replied with an exhale. “Or at least that’s what I’d like to be.”