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PLEASE DO!

'Please take your litter home' requests the sign in the car park of Wolverton Walk in Milton Keynes. Not only does it ask kindly, but there are three other signs making the same request dotted around the car park, assuming that, after a long walk with the kids or the dogs, or both indeed, people will have empty bottles or dog poo to discard before they get into their cars.

The picture is far more grim and grotty... Mostly over the weekends, parks, playgrounds, underpasses around Milton Keynes and any empty field around the surrounding villages are visited by a harmless but very mean looking species of nocturnal creatures which come out shortly after sunset, when darkness has fallen over the quiet town. These nocturnal creatures, otherwise known as 'bored teenagers with no place to go on weekend nights to socialise with their peers that will not require ten pounds or a fake id to get in', sit around in parks, huddled up in the cold hours of the night, consuming vasts amounts of alcohol and possible engaging in reckless, unprotected acts of a sexual nature. In the early hours of the morning, they disperse one by one, to go home to worried parents and long lie-ins. The only proof they were ever there, till they come back the following weekend, is the discarded condom packets, cigarette packets, empty cider bottle, cigarette ends and junk food packaging scattered in the undergrowth.

Milton Keynes parks need a more systematic way to fight litter than polite signs in car parks, and its young residents better provision and opportunities on long, boring nights than huddling up in an underpass or a car park in the dead of the night, for a recreational drinking and smoking session.

Words and photography by Sinem

'Ars longa, vita brevis.'

 

PLEASE DO!

'Please take your litter home' requests the sign in the car park of Wolverton Walk in Milton Keynes. Not only does it ask kindly, but there are three other signs making the same request dotted around the car park, assuming that, after a long walk with the kids or the dogs, or both indeed, people will have empty bottles or dog poo to discard before they get into their cars.

The picture is far more grim and grotty... Mostly over the weekends, parks, playgrounds, underpasses around Milton Keynes and any empty field around the surrounding villages are visited by a harmless but very mean looking species of nocturnal creatures which come out shortly after sunset, when darkness has fallen over the quiet town. These nocturnal creatures, otherwise known as 'bored teenagers with no place to go on weekend nights to socialise with their peers that will not require ten pounds or a fake id to get in', sit around in parks, huddled up in the cold hours of the night, consuming vasts amounts of alcohol and possible engaging in reckless, unprotected acts of a sexual nature. In the early hours of the morning, they disperse one by one, to go home to worried parents and long lie-ins. The only proof they were ever there, till they come back the following weekend, is the discarded condom packets, cigarette packets, empty cider bottle, cigarette ends and junk food packaging scattered in the undergrowth.

Milton Keynes parks need a more systematic way to fight litter than polite signs in car parks, and its young residents better provision and opportunities on long, boring nights than huddling up in an underpass or a car park in the dead of the night, for a recreational drinking and smoking session.

Words and photography by Sinem

'Ars longa, vita brevis.'

 

comments (11)

  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 15 Oct 2006, 00:32
There are plenty of supervised activities for youth around here, yet many, too many, choose not to partake of them since it is simply just not as "cool" as carrying on and partying. We have a huge, newer, well equiped, free community center that goes largely unused by the kids beyoned the age of 13. It's very sad when they have a free dance for the high school students with a DJ, food, and beverage and the only people who show up are the adults who are there to supervise it. "You can lead a horse to water..." It is a very sad commentary on the youth of today.

This is a very effective shot.
Nice. reminds me of the grim reaper/death.
I like the DOF.
  • Karl
  • Germany
  • 15 Oct 2006, 10:21
smile somebody couldn't read ...
  • micki
  • United States
  • 15 Oct 2006, 10:39
The teens seem to be the generation that are most neglected. I think that they require as much attention from their parents as young toddlers. It's such an important age, and one in which they need to be guided and directed. Too many parents consider them "almost adults" and therefor let them run free, when they should be instructed on how to become good contibuters to society. We just lost four young men in our town last weekend in a one vehicle car accident. At 9:45 on a Saturday night, all they could find to do was drink beer and go speeding down a country road. Great post today, Sinem. I wish more people could see it then will.
Like this one (shot and message)
have a nice Sunday smile
  • Ana
  • Spain
  • 15 Oct 2006, 12:37
El aburrimiento colectivo (collective boredom), I think one of the greatest problems of today's society. People are just desperate for ways to kill time, teenagers should certainly be given more attention. The thing is, what happenes when the parents are as clueless? Toinggggggg!
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 15 Oct 2006, 13:30
I am a parent and as such I would like to say, blame the parents. I am pretty sure my son will grow up as a responsible young man. (He is now 13) Since he was born we teached him right from wrong + a lot of love, affection and open communication. Is it difficult? Not really.
By the way, nice picture! smile
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Oct 2006, 15:08
Interesting idea for a shot, which I really like, and a good commentary.

I wholeheartedly agree with the idea behind it, but I don't see why teenagers shouldn't take their leftovers home with them, or at least dispose of them properly. They'll be adults in a very short time. I'm with the others on this one ... responsible parents make responsible adults of the future, and it's they who will be running the world when we're in our dotage.
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Oct 2006, 16:00
very well expressed sin...
  • lorissa
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Oct 2006, 23:28
loving this. great focus.

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