15 Was A Good Age

Dublin photographer, Paul Wheatley’s portrait of male adolescence

Words by Paul Wheatley

15 Was A Good Age follows the last five to six years of photographs taken whilst being in the company of my group of friends. These photographs highlight the lost years, with its true nostalgic presence, as we all set off into the inevitable life of adulthood. Growing up, a huge influence on myself and my friends was the work of English musician, Jamie T. In an interview back in 2009, Jamie spoke about how 15 was his favourite age. Something about what he said, although plainly easy to understand, has stuck with me over the years. Whilst I have continued to document my friends and our adventures, I began to realise that nothing good lasts forever and through the taking of these pictures, I was creating an archive for our group of friends to look back on in years to come.

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