When I talk about The Lost Girls concept I am referring to something that is pretty much intangible without making reference to such quotes and statements as “the iron fist in the velvet glove” or similar. So taking this into account I will Try to give it some sense as a concept and later add a visual element to the idea of The Lost Girl as a person or character type.
For me the essence of being a Lost Girl comes from the same spectrum of thought as that of The Lost Boys and has a similar social and political basis for its story.
Increasingly we see young women being pushed and pulled in opposing directions thanks to the changes in how we view gender and the expression therein. There is a sense of fractured beauty to a lot of young women now who fit into no particular narrative being neither masculine nor feminine but somewhere between the two.
Tattoos and scars which were viewed as being badges of honour in men or seen as marks of something subversive are now as equally applauded in females as they are in males. removing the boundaries of what was once a marker for class and status and making it seem more acceptable but also detracting from the qualities that make the person. A strange dichotomy.
The tribalism of the human race adds to this and the social changes that have blurred the boundaries have for me, created a generation of Lost Girls who no longer fit into the world in the way they did and this has opened the door to a whole new social strata of beauty and broken souls.
They are the rose that grows amongst the weeds, the beautiful bloom buried amongst the rubble. In effect a Lost beauty.
In working the images for this I will be adding elements of character makeup and bringing something darker to the “character” I create to illustrate my visual of the elusive Lost Girl.