Some kids are tough to love. Or perhaps it is reckoning with childhood that is tough for adults, having outgrown it for the realities of later life — responsibility, cynicism, disenchantment. It seems anyone who is no longer a child encounters difficulty understand kids these days.
Loretta Lux uses digital techniques to combine her subjects, mostly children, with backgrounds photographed separately. (She doesn't divulge any other manipulations.) It is a method that seems to suck the air out of the space, making dialogue between subject and viewer all the more complicated.