I’m Carlton I’m sixteen, and I’m from Leeds. I’m Dominique’s uncle. I was born on August 1. She was born on August 2 so she thinks she’s a bit older than me but I’m obviously older. I grew up with just my mum. I met my dad when I was twelve and then in 2015, about two or three weeks after I met, him he died of cancer. I was raised by women, so I have respect for them really.

I’m Dominique I’m also sixteen, and I’m from Bradford.


Carlton: I just went in, did it, and if I felt like I did good, I did good.

Dominique: I’m the same. I really enjoyed the subjects I was doing so I felt confident when I was going into the exam and it was quite chilled.

Carlton: I wasn’t really trying to impress anyone, I’m just trying to get the grades I needed to get. But I failed maths, and I got a 3 ,so I’ll get a 4 next year. Pythagoras, it’s just so…not even useful…

Dominique: I love Pythagoras, like A squared plus B squared equals C squared so it’s cool…

Carlton: You still failed maths though…

Dominique: Shut up!


Carlton: Police, all the time. Fights all the time. Drunks all the time.

Dominique: It’s not a bad place, but you don’t want to mix in with the wrong people and what not.

Carlton: There’s loads of drug dealers round here…

Dominique: Yeah. But it’s ok, I mean, I’ve had a bit of trouble living here but at the end of the day I grew up here and it’s where I’m from and I’m proud of it so I don’t really care.

Carlton: I partially grew up here, I lived here for ages when I was younger and then moved to Leeds, and moved back down recently. But no one troubles me because if someone troubles me I’ll trouble them innit.


Dominique: People come and go out of your life and you’ve just got to get on with it to be honest…

Carlton: I just know a lot of people, so if I see them and they see me I’ll say hello. I haven’t lost friends, I still know quite a few of them. I’m definitely gonna move, before I’m like twenty-four, twenty-five. I’ll probably go live somewhere like Leeds or summat.


Carlton: Financial security … achievements. Like when I get a car next year that will be a success because it’s what I want, and maybe when I’m eighteen or nineteen I’ll swap cars and that will be another success

Dominique: Each person has their own version of success, so success for some people might just be to get out of bed in a morning and be able to face the day. They might be going through a hard time and they might think they have succeeded in that task. So it’s whatever you wanna class as success.


Carlton: To be blunt, yeah, just grow up, innit…

Dominique: That’s so insensitive! You can’t say that

Carlton: No it’s not, what’s the point in being shy? There is no good in being shy at all…

Dominique: Don’t bother about what other people think of you, because it’s your life, your decisions and don’t be scared. I mean, sometimes it’s hard to be confident or whatever. You might feel awkward in certain situations, but just do whatever you feel comfortable with. If you don’t feel like talking don’t talk. But it is good to talk to people and express how you are feeling because that way people can give you advice and help you. If you don’t say how you are feeling you can’t get help on it.

Nathan: My Name’s Nathan, I live up Wibsey, Bradford

Chris: So you’re 16, what are you doing now?

N: I’ve just been kicked out of college so I’m trying to look for a placement in education to keep

doing my maths and English and then I’ll be wanting to get an apprenticeship when I’m a bit older

and got my maths and english GCSE’s

C: What kind of apprenticeship will you be looking for?

N: Joinery, either with the council or a private company, going round fixing peoples houses…

kitchens, bathrooms and stuff

C: What can you tell me about school? Did you enjoy it? Good/bad things?

N:  I’ve been at PRU (Pupil Referral Unit) so I’ve never been to a mainstream school with all the

kids, just like 8 in a class, so pretty boring. Was alright..

Nathans mum: You were in mainstream weren’t you, till you were about 7.

N: Yeah year 4 though, never a high school

C: You’re not living at home at the moment, where are you living?

N: Semi-Independent

C: How’s that going?

N: It’s alright, you’ve got to cook your own food and look after yourself.

C: Do you feel that independance has been good for you?

N: Yeah it’s been good, good for your future and that

Nathans Mum: Do you think you’re attitude has changed much from last year?

N: Yeah since that court date

NM: What do you think changed it?

N: Cos I didn’t get sent down

NM: And you had to do a lot of work didn’t you

N:Yeah every day for 3 month, but I finished it though, completed it

NM:  Do you feel that gave you a chance and you decided to change a little?


NM: I could say he became more focused on what he wanted to do and put in more effort. You’ve

been staying out of offending behaviour since then haven’t you?

N:Yeah I haven’t been in trouble with the police for owt since then

NM: How have you found living with other people Nathan?

N:It’s alright, sound

NM: You’re wanting to come home though aren’t you?


C: After living on your own do you feel you appreciate more things about living at home now?

N:Yeah it’s better living at home, than in care homes and that. The kitchens can be pretty messy,

kids using them and that, not cleaning up after themselves

C:  What’s it like being 16? What can you tell me?

N: It’s alright but if you get in with the wrong crowd at 16 it can start going downhill

C:  What’s a typical night on a weekend, what do 16 year olds do these days?

N:Normally go to the snooker lounge me, for the weekend, chill for a bit,

C: What worries you most about being 16?

N: Like, GCSE’s and that, cos if you don’t get them when you’re young then you can’t really get

a job or owt when you’re older and you’ve got to pay for education and that when you’re older

NM: Do you worry about knife crime or owt like that Nathan because that’s really on the up and

that’s a big problem in cities now

N:No I don’t worry about that

NM: I know a lot of young people carry knives now, have you ever come across any problems

when you’ve been out and about?

N:No none

NM: And what about firearms, because again, they’re out there aren’t they


NM: Do you go to the city centre to hang out?

N:No not really

C:  What one thing you hope for in your future? What would you like to accomplish?

N:Get a job, be in a working environment and just to keep working. Get a good job,

house and stuff

C: What sort of music do you listen to?

N:Grime mostly

C: How do you get along with you sister? Do you think that’s improved since you’ve

been away?

N:No (laughs)

NM: You don’t watch normal TV with your mates do you, it’s all movies isn’t it?

N:Yeah movies and YouTube, social media

NM:  I work in care and all young people are bothered about is what they are wearing,

what the label is…

C: What are the brands young people like to wear nowadays?

N:it’s always been Nike and Adidas but it’s like Montclair and CP but like a tracksuit

that’s £500 or summat. Also Hugo Boss and North Face. I’ve got an Armani tracksuit

Chris Nunn

Chris juxtaposes editorial commissions in publications such as FT Weekend, i-D, De Correspondent, The Wall Street journal, Morgenbladet, Le Monde, The New Yorker, and Weapons of Reason, with long-term personal projects. He travels throughout the UK and Europe and since 2013, he has lived and worked in Ukraine, responding to the people, landscape and daily life in his grandmother’s native country. This finely observed work evolved into ‘a portrait of small-town and rural Ukraine during rising political tensions … and descent into war.’ In 2016 Chris was selected as one of PDN’s 30 ‘New and Emerging Photographers’. In 2017 he was awarded the Bob and Diana Fund grant for Falling into the Day, a project documenting his longstanding friend who was living with Alzheimer’s.

For SIXTEEN Chris stays in his home-county of west Yorkshire, collaborating with two young men living in Bradford. In the time he spends with these sixteen year olds, he builds up an extraordinarily intimate and compelling series of moments in their daily lives.