• Brittany Holmes
• Exhibition: 1936, Dina, Pierre, Sacha… by Pierre Jamet
Location: Atelier De Formation
•This exhibition was about the youth hostels that were a newer concept in France at the time. These new hostels were becoming a popular and affordable place for youths to stay when wanting to travel before World War II. This series followed a group of youths at the hostels to show the spirit and freedom of these young adolescents enjoying life.
•The most valuable thing I learned from this exhibit was that life is too short and you may never know what will happen. It also reinforced the idea of living in the moment. In all of these photos the candid shots and even the posed photos exemplify the attitude of these young, optimistic people. With these images an everlasting utopia of that time has been created and recorded. As stated by Corinne Jamet, “[t]his collection of images, imbued with deep humanism, exudes an irresistible joie de vivre and perfectly sums up the spirit of the period. The shadow of the historic disaster which as to follow renders the euphoria so evident in these photos all the more fragile.” These images not only capsulate the carefree nature of the time, but remain a constant reminder of the brevity of that outlook as well.
• One of the most memorable images in this exhibit was that of a group of over seven youths playing leap frog. This image really struck me when I saw it. When I was looking at this photo with a classmate, I remember saying, “wow, people just don’t know how to have fun like this nowadays.” This image to me stood for the epitome of fun and joyous youth, and to think that some of these young people would soon be killed was so haunting. It really made me think about how I as a youth spend my time, and if something were to ever happen would other people be able to look at my generation and think that we really lived.