'I carry my scars with dignity, because I got them for something I believe in. It's my attitude in life, it keeps me standing. This is how things are, and I have to deal with it. It helps no one if I sink into depression, least of all myself, so I keep my head up and focus on the good things in life.'
I can precisely credit some photographers with fuelling my intense interest in childhood and adolescence photography. Andrea Gjestvang is one of those. Her project One Day in History, which documents the emotional aftermath of Norway's 2011 Utoya terror attack, is etched into my memory as a hauntingly beautiful and sensitive example of work.
It was the 22nd July 2011 when a lone wolf made his way to the annual summer camp of the Workers Youth League (AUF) on the island of Utoya and massacred 69 young people, injuring many more. Around 500 people survived, more than half of them less than eighteen years old, but they still bear the physical and emotional scars of what happened.
Gjestvang's exploration is testament to the fact that things will never be the same for these young survivors, but she also shows that it is their fortitude and maturity, not their scars, which leave the most profound mark.