Introducing Horror Nation?, a new season from Dazed about the current state of the UK from the perspective of the young people who live here.
As part of our Horror Nation? campaign, we put out an open call to Dazed Club members inviting them to share a snapshot of life in the UK. While the images they sent didn’t shy away from expressing a sense of disillusionment, what became clear was that there’s still a great deal to celebrate. From the “restlessness” of youth to a surreal, nostalgic evocation of the British high street; everything from moments of transcendent joy to occasions of “diminished hope”, together, the pictures offer multiple perspectives on life in the UK.
“One common experience that my friends and myself all identify with, is the feeling of being overwhelmed and uncertain about our future,” wrote Dazed Clubber Gaïa de Crecy. Tazmin Porter shared concern about the endangered aspects of life in the UK: “As the cost-of-living crisis takes hold in Britain the high street feels like a very vulnerable piece of towns slowly falling through the cracks.” Meanwhile, EV Zhang championed the UK’s “chaotic pop culture” and the non-conformity of the youth culture.