What I want to be when I grow up…
It’s a question that everyone faces at some point in their life. Perhaps in school by a curious teacher, or may be an internal monologue as you try and figure out your place in the world. At its simplest it can be an innocent query to help inform a child’s interest during early development – ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’.
For me, I never really had a clear idea of this. At one point as a primary school pupil – with my academic strengths in maths and numeracy – I once asserted that I wanted to be an Accountant (of all things). As I grew older into my teens I became less certain and bounced around from one fad to another with no lasting commitment. Even now; mature by an account of my many years, I do not feel like a ‘grown up’. I mean; is this really it for me? From now to the grave!
To recapture the promise of youth and endeavour to defy the complacency of adulthood, I set out to utilise the magic of the question and ask myself ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’.
In a weekly project for social media, I took a shot from a chosen movie and drew myself into the scene as a theme to describe an aspiration for my potential future. Over the period of a year, I expanded my collection, eventually growing to a sum of 53 compositions. Posted every Thursday afternoon, I sourced single shots from a wide range of genre.
From modern comedy to iconic shots in some of contemporary cinema’s finest, I insert myself into various scenarios. Often including a cynical sense of humour, my weekly aspirations go beyond possible vocations, incorporating left-field concepts and cult references.
Sometimes I utilised the situational context of the narrative, visual composition, or simply the roles of the characters in the scene to translate my aspiration. With each addition my approach would vary.
Now wrapping up the weekly project after a year-long endeavour, I have decided to compile the project in one place. You can look through the first half of the project here, with the second instalment to come later. The images are set up so you can have a bit of fun guessing each aspiration. See how many you can get correct…