Not Your Typical Photo Album: Photographer Captures Female Adolescence In New And Poignant Ways

by Brenda Pitt


I have loved the photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti from a young age; her poignant renditions of newborn and deceased animals on faraway farms broke my heart, translating something ineffable about growth and mortality. Arguably her most renowned series consists of her portraits of two Argentine girls living in rural Buenos Aires, a project which she stumbled into when they kept interrupting her photographic work on a friend’s farm. 



The series, entitled The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams, is seen through a lens that mirrors the experiences of young women around the globe. The artist has catalogued the girls’ growth and friendship beginning at around age nine or ten; flipping through her elegantly bound books, audiences get an intimate viewing of a sort of visual diary of adolescence. The girls’ bodies change, as do their glances and views of the world around them. Yet their magical bond remains consistent as they explore new outfits, new hobbies, and new ground. 



As the pair grows, Sanguinetti continues to trace their lives, striving to contextualize the roles of adult women in rural Argentina. In 2014, the second book of the series will be released. Take a look, and let us know what you think in the comments!



Thanks to Feature Shoot

Images via Feature Shoot/Alessandra Sanguinetti

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