The series Down, Down, Baby is a visual diary, a documentation of the transitory period of my youth: the moments of freedom, debauchery, and recklessness I experienced with my closest companions. These individuals exist in these moments as a symbol for an undeniable attitude within youth culture that is greater than themselves. Down, Down, Baby illustrates our early reactions to independence and the animals we wanted to be and were, as well as the desire to stay young and relative by creating spectacles of ourselves. This way of living defies the logic of refined sensibility, political correctness, and good taste imparted on us during our adolescence. Down, Down, Baby exists as a physical memento, a reminder of the moments that have outlined my youth. The color photographs range from intense and vulgar to quiet and serene. These photographs function as a conceptual space for my memories and perceptions of history outside of the space of my own mind.

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Photography, Artistic; Artists' books; Photobooks; Photography of the nude; Photography of youth

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Imaging Arts (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)


Christine Shank

Advisor/Committee Member

Therese Mulligan

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