Anne-Stine Johnsbråten has worked with personal projects for the past six years. Although her background is in the classic documentary tradition, Johnsbråten has forged her own path outside the world of newspapers and magazines.

She often works on long-term projects, combining reporting with portrait work to explore topics such as gender, identity and discrimination in Norway and abroad. Her intimate colour work has a sensitivity and depth that attracted NJP’s interest. Her desire to focus on teen culture in Oslo has potential, and we are convinced that Johnsbråten will draw on her strengths in this project.

Excerpt from the project description

Volla v. Keeg – young people’s culture in Oslo

What is it like to grow up in Oslo today? How do young people in Oslo see themselves? In the report ‘Young in Oslo 2012’, NOVA points out that there are huge differences from one part of Oslo to the next. The report divides the city in three: The West Side of Oslo on the one hand, and the town centre and Oslo east as representing the East Side on the other. In many ways, they can be seen as opposite extremes. What is the impact of this on teen culture in Oslo? How do young people deal with the class distinction in the city? I want to use the project to follow different groups of teens from different parts of Oslo in parallel. I want to capture their school days, be there when the teens hang out with friends, be at the youth club, and gain an understanding of their party culture, their upper secondary school graduation celebrations and their recreational activities. It is important to me to portray their homes and the relationships in the various families. I envisage shadowing one or two individuals from each of the groups, and I would like to focus on teenagers from age 14 to age 19.