The Photographic Journal

Infinite Tenderness

Essay 168 • Jul 12th 2017

I wanted to investigate the innocently intimate moments found in platonic relationships. Having grown up in a non-inclusive small southern town, my friends are dependent on one another for support and understanding of their ever-changing identities. Collectively functioning as an insight into the American youth of today, my images seek to document the exploration of one's body, sexuality, and/or gender that comes along with growing up and identifying oneself. My intention is to empower millennials, to open up an accepting space for these young people that do not conform to their southern roots.




Peyton Fulford is a 22 year-old documentary and portrait photographer. Working with a Pentax 6×7 and 120 Color Negative Film, she is able to slow down the process of image-making and focus on creating a new image with each exposure. Currently based in Georgia, she is in her final year at Columbus State University where she will graduate in fall 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. Her work has been featured world-wide in both online and print publications including recent books, such as Pics or It Didn’t Happen: Images Banned from Instagram (published by Prestel) and #girlgaze: How Girls See the World (published by Rizzoli). Additionally, her work has been featured in i-D, Juxtapoz, Daily Mail and The British Journal of Photography. Recently, she was selected as the Atlanta Photography Group Student Prize Winner and awarded a solo show which will take place in August of 2017.

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