the fight against teenage boredom at the bottom of the world

We've gotta do something to pass the time.

by Isabelle Hellyer and i-D Staff
18 May 2016, 2:05pm

Wellington exists in a strange limbo: its clocks are out of alignment with the rest of the world, but the culture isn't. When you live in a country that counts Antarctica as one of its closest neighbours, you'd think it'd be hard to stay in the loop. It probably was, until the internet came along. Now the kids who live in Wellington - the southernmost capital city in the world - might as well live around the corner from Dover Street Market. Which, by the way, is 19,000 kilometres away.

Josh Wotton is one of the teenagers who makes Wellington such a strangely connected cultural capital. When he's not manning shop at a vintage store in the middle of town, he photographs the boys growing up in the cut. Josh has his days well sketched out. "I can either head to our local 121 house parties, or just kick back at a mate's flat on the weekend so I can be up early to hit the markets that Sunday." Josh's photographs below begin to reveal the ways they stop themselves going crazy.


Photography Josh Wotton

josh wotton