21st Century Kids: Bristol Through Our Eyes
Welcome to our city. We’ve worked with M Shed to share our generation’s dreams, struggles and experiences. Scroll down to find video and photography that gives an insight into the lives of young people across our city.
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What would you ask a young person if you could ask them anything? We filmed a bunch of young Bristolians responding to questions that M Shed visitors had asked.
Below are 8 photographic portraits of young people from across the city. We also gave them disposable cameras to document their lives.
Brooke, 15, Lawrence Weston
“A lot of talented people go here and it’s a place where people can express themselves in many ways: skating, dancing and busking”
We gave Brooke a disposable camera to document a week in her life. Here’s what she took.
“ME POSING FOR THE CAMERA”
“CASTLE PARK ALWAYS HAS A MASSIVE RANGE OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE”
“MY DREAM WARDROBE ££ I LOVE FASHION A LOT”
“I COLOUR OR DRAW ON SHOES WHEN IM BORED (THEY ARE NOW RUINED)”
“MY WALL FULL OF CONCERT AND CINEMA TICKETS”
Beatriz, 19, Henbury
“Whenever I think of the centre, my mind always goes there. It represents a place of unity for all different classes and ages”
We gave Beatriz a disposable camera to document a week in her life. Here’s what she took.
“One of the times when my Mum (right) and my sister (left) get along well (bit of a rarity) @ turtle bay. They’re both pretty ain’t they?”
“Talking to some of my White friends, I realised dinner time/food isn’t as celebrated or seen as family time as I feel it is within other foreign cultures. Obvs not saying this the case for everyone!!!”
“Cute pic of my brother, there’s a lil cupboard under our stairs, which as a child I would’ve loved & probs stayed there all the time.”
“My friend Max. We just chill out sometimes. He was playing me his music & I was exercising. He also has a lot of coll posters of Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’!”
“I often leave in a rush, this is my windowsill where I wake up and do my make up. My bed is right so I don’t have to get up. Also finding clothes to wear!! U know what I mean? Doesn’t help that I try to wear something I’ve never worn before every day. I was probs listening to reggae/dub. Adblock.”
“There are times where I lay down on my bedroom floor, with intention to exercise or do something other than stare at my ceiling thinking of scenarios or past experiences or just the way I feel, physically, emotionally, in the world. I was in a muddle. Probably will again soon because that’s life + also PMS.”
Elio, 17, St Andrews
“I have fond memories of going there with my late brother Angelo”
We gave Elio was a disposable camera to document a week in his life. Here’s what he took.
“My wardrobe doors with all my activism flyers and signs and also a couple of newspaper clippings of my favourite TV shows like Mindhunter (which I especially love as I study criminology at college!) ☺️”
“Me and my friends Winter and Rosa. Rosa was hanging off the balcony in her house here. We were all terrified that she was going to fall and hurt herself. That night was really fun and I’ll remember it for years to come.”
“My friends Winter, Bruno and Rosa – we had just gone to get sleepover snacks from the Coop in Pill Village. Although I don’t have great memories of Pill, my friends who live there help me make new ones ☺️”
“I love Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wilde is my biggest inspiration for everything I do in life. I found this new biography on sale in Waterstones for £5 and just had to get it. It has 891 pages of amazing historical recount and I am a giant queer history nerd.”
“My close friend Jacob! I’ve known him since I was 14 and we’ve been friends ever since! This was a moment of relaxation where me, Jacob and my other friend Emily were all lying on his floor and talking ☺️”
“I was going through a lot of things with my school in 2019, so in anger I made a fairy garden. It has a working well, tables, chairs, a door and live plants and moss. It now sits in our fireplace and reminds me of a happy thing coming from an unfortunate situation.”
Lydia, 18, Kingswood
“I came here a lot when I was younger and it’s still a place I come to now to break from studying and not feel guilty about it”
We gave Lydia a disposable camera to document a week in her life. Here’s what she took.
“Because coffee shops make me actually want to study☺️”
“On my way back from the gym. I didn’t know how nice millennium square was until I took this photo☺️”
“WORK BREAKS: I’ve been working here since December 2018 and this is my first job.”
“Graduations take place at the cathedral by my sixth form and it’s a reminder for me to work hard and be able to study medicine.”
“Life of an A Level student = appreciating the times you don’t have an exam and can take a break”
Damien, 16, Lockleaze
“I wanted to show where I was brought up”
We gave Damien a disposable camera to document a week in his life. Here’s what he took.
“My fridge, in the kitchen”
“All my trophies from different sports (mainly football)”
“My point of view looking outside my school window”
“The school day starts”
“My mum with the dog”
Fred, 19, Brislington
“It’s the place I feel most comfortable”
We gave Fred a disposable camera to document a week in his life. Here’s what he took.
“This is a picture of a drawing my Dad did for me a long time ago”
“The first photo I took of my brother, directly after signing my [photographic permission] sheet he went to bed and waited until he was asleep. Then I took a photo of him sleeping ☺️”
“This is my room and all the stuff I have from collecting pop figures”
“My mate Moe, helping with a green screen project at college”
“This is of me walking to college early in the morning”
Hersi, 19, Eastville
“There are so many memories of family forgetting about their worries here, at least for a couple of hours”.
We gave Hersi a given disposable camera to document a week in his life. Here’s what he took.
“Cool lights in the museum. I don’t know why I notice this kind of stuff.”
“This dirty grey water reminded me of when I had bought some water pistols and had a massive water fight. I was 17.”
“For a second, I didn’t think I was in Bristol. I was and it was the back entrance to my favourite place in town, St Nicholas market.”
“I spend an embarrassing amount of time in Waterstones. Also an embarrassing amount of money. Time is money?”
“The walk to and from home and uni is actually one of the best things because I get to see this while listening to music or an audio book.”
Abbi, 18, St George
“It’s is where I had my first art exhibition, this inspired and motivated me so much that I set up my own art business.”
We gave Abbi a disposable camera to document a week in her life. Here’s what she took.
“A photo of myself at my Art Gallery. This my favourite wall from the show, where I created a collage mural + layered a mirror on top.”
“Thursday night coming home from my Kingdom Hall (place of worship) and going to the corner shop to buy chocolate.”
“My 4 favourite books”
“My 3 essentials when working out at the gym, water, phone & headphones.”
“Strolling along the harbourside to visit my favourite art gallery, the Arnolfini.”
“Buying hair products in Black hair shop Cosmetics Republic”
Thanks to all the amazing people young and old who were involved in this project.
Thanks also to our partners: Creative Youth Network, Docklands Youth, Clifton High,
St Brendan’s College, Oasis Brightstowe, SGS College, City of Bristol College,
Freedom Youth, Youth Moves, Somali Young Women’s Group, Babbasa,
South Bristol Youth, Bristol Museums Young Collective.
Thanks to Bristol Museums Development Trust for their generous contributions.