The series Class of 2015 is a longitudinal portrait project utilizing photographs and oral / video interviews to examine the formation of identity among members of the Class of 2015 at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. The Class of 2015 is composed of 481 students, with representatives from 49 US states, 20% of whom are students of color, 13% are first generation college students and 4% are international students. For my series, 39 students responded to an open call and have agreed to be photographed each semester during their time in college. This spring I completed the second portrait session with these subjects.
Ranging in age from 17-19, each of these students is at a tipping point in the development of their individual identities. No longer living at home with their parents, yet still very much influenced by parental values and expectations, they are beginning to make independent decisions and setting their own path in life. Through my project, I hope to document them during this formative time in their lives.