Chapter Two

Smick follows the narrative of a young paramilitary member, who’s from a lower-class background and is a bit of a troublemaker. The word ‘smick’ is a Northern Irish slang word defined as “A young lower-class person typified by brash and loutish behaviour” (Oxford, 2018)’ and it’s that kind of behaviour that is the essence of the photoshoot. Movies such as Micky Bo & Me and This is England have also been an inspiration behind this chapter as they have captured the essence of urban and lower-class street image very well.

The idea for this photo shoot is to show a younger side of a paramilitary gang. Quite often these gangs would have been recruiting teenagers and younger boys from the local council estates or even smaller divisions within the leading group. This chapter will set in an urban and industrial environment, that will reference east Belfast during the troubles. The main inspiration from this has come from movies such a Micky Bo & Me, and This is England. These movies are great examples of representing youth and gang activity within an urban setting.