These are the best days of your life

“Our Snapchat stories are the daytime tele of our empty days” – photographer, Aubrey Simpson explores the prevailing loneliness of young adulthood in a digital age

Words by Aubrey Simpson

I wanted to photograph our isolation, and all the alienation and estrangement that goes with being a young adult. These images are my exploration of detachment and disconnection, birthed in reaction to the phrase i’ve heard again and again.

Even when together, we seem apart. I wanted to communication the prevailing loneliness amongst us.
Our compulsive nag to broadcast detaches us from one another in person. Keen to communicate social life, but seemingly unkeen to have to go through it.
Mobile phones are the accessories to out interaction, providing us platforms that propagate togetherness whilst having a bad habit of enforcing our disconnect. Our Snapchat stories are the daytime tele of our empty days. These are the best days of your life.

As a publisher and Community Interest Company, TRIP is dedicated to showcasing unconventional stories that may otherwise be overlooked. We aim to give a platform to the unseen and a microphone to the ignored. Expression is a right and should not be confined to those that can afford to work for free; which is why we strive to support a diverse range of creatives in their work, commissioning exciting projects and creatives to visualize them.

Founded as a magazine in 2013 by photographer, Dean Davies, TRIP was born from a desire to provide opportunity and exposure for image-makers across multiple platforms and medias. With a focus on people and place, in 5 years TRIP gained a loyal readership, and became known for its honest image output and representation of the underrepresented, featuring over 800 image-makers from across the world through a website, 5 magazines and 3 free zines.

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