Awakening of Conscience

The Victorians seemed to dwell on images of little girls lost in the woods, often asleep and vulnerable. Collishaw photographed schoolgirls in an overgrown graveyard imitating these pictures. They are surrounded by the detritus of juvenile substance abuse: Alchopops, glue bottles etc.

Their fecund environment indicates the awakening of a wild, potentially uncontrolled state of mind. Their drugged state adds seediness to the voyeurism suggested by the pinhole aperture around them.