Teenagers costume for proms which have by no means occurred in Alys Tomlinson's Misplaced Summer season

The photographer's portraits of teenagers captured after milestone events like proms and promotions were canceled highlight the impact of the 2020 summer lockdown

The Lost Summer series, published in a book of the same name, features 44 black and white portraits of young people, all of which were taken after a relaxation of social distancing measures.

Tomlinson positioned each of her subjects outside, using gardens and London's local parks as backgrounds for her pictures. The portraits show teenagers in dresses and suits ready to attend the graduation celebrations, which have been canceled due to the lockdown.

Picture above: Fabian; Above: DulcieJackSamuel

The images are a moving reminder of Covid's impact on young people, and serve as a kind of poignant parody of the prom photos teenagers would take if the parties went as planned.

The photos – three of which are shortlisted for this year's Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize – were to be shown at London's HackelBury Fine Art Gallery. However, due to new restrictions, the show was rearranged through February 2021.

Lost Summer is self-published by Tomlinson for £ 30. alystomlinson.co.uk


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