When Vee Speers photographed these same children for series The Birthday Party (Dewi Lewis/Kehrer 2008), they were already strong, strange and savage, yet beautiful. Since then, much has changed - their bodies are taller, longer. Their faces have thinned and transformed. Speers has recorded it. She has taken them to imaginary lands, playing fields, and curious places where these characters are ever prepared and always win. Vee Speers eternalises the fragile beauty of adolescence. She photographs a time that follows the first loss: that of childhood.