seniors

Seniors

Embarking upon a photography project about my alma mater, I decided to focus on the last year of mandatory education, a critical time period in the life span of a high school student. Starting with the senior class half way to graduation (mid-February), this project aims to capture the seniors--quiet, alone, reflecting, imagining—during this year of transition. This generation of seniors will most likely document themselves on social media experiencing a gamut of emotions—elation and excitement to anxious and insecure—while facing a future of uncertainty.

Over two days, and at my instruction, each senior brought his or her college essay to the photo shoot, and in a small, dark room with just one light and a black backdrop, I read each individual’s college essay to its author. Applications having been finished and sent off, these long labored over words had not been read in months, and for many, never heard read aloud. I had not known what to expect and was awed by the strength and vulnerability that I witnessed. The students were thoughtful, honest, conscientious, inspired and shockingly punctual. All were open to a very vulnerable experience and appreciative afterwards.

Stories of triumph and failure, overcoming odds and personal challenges were as diverse as the individuals interviewed. There were stories of strict immigrant parents, a love of war, injecting hormones, cancer, a disparaging grandfather, teaching the disabled and living with relatives. It was powerful for the subject, and photographer, leaving me moved and speechless, feeling proud to be connected to these kids and to my alma mater, an institution that clearly supports deep introspection and instills the confidence to share it.
seniors

Seniors

Embarking upon a photography project about my alma mater, I decided to focus on the last year of mandatory education, a critical time period in the life span of a high school student. Starting with the senior class half way to graduation (mid-February), this project aims to capture the seniors--quiet, alone, reflecting, imagining—during this year of transition. This generation of seniors will most likely document themselves on social media experiencing a gamut of emotions—elation and excitement to anxious and insecure—while facing a future of uncertainty.

Over two days, and at my instruction, each senior brought his or her college essay to the photo shoot, and in a small, dark room with just one light and a black backdrop, I read each individual’s college essay to its author. Applications having been finished and sent off, these long labored over words had not been read in months, and for many, never heard read aloud. I had not known what to expect and was awed by the strength and vulnerability that I witnessed. The students were thoughtful, honest, conscientious, inspired and shockingly punctual. All were open to a very vulnerable experience and appreciative afterwards.

Stories of triumph and failure, overcoming odds and personal challenges were as diverse as the individuals interviewed. There were stories of strict immigrant parents, a love of war, injecting hormones, cancer, a disparaging grandfather, teaching the disabled and living with relatives. It was powerful for the subject, and photographer, leaving me moved and speechless, feeling proud to be connected to these kids and to my alma mater, an institution that clearly supports deep introspection and instills the confidence to share it.
seniors

Seniors

Embarking upon a photography project about my alma mater, I decided to focus on the last year of mandatory education, a critical time period in the life span of a high school student. Starting with the senior class half way to graduation (mid-February), this project aims to capture the seniors--quiet, alone, reflecting, imagining—during this year of transition. This generation of seniors will most likely document themselves on social media experiencing a gamut of emotions—elation and excitement to anxious and insecure—while facing a future of uncertainty.

Over two days, and at my instruction, each senior brought his or her college essay to the photo shoot, and in a small, dark room with just one light and a black backdrop, I read each individual’s college essay to its author. Applications having been finished and sent off, these long labored over words had not been read in months, and for many, never heard read aloud. I had not known what to expect and was awed by the strength and vulnerability that I witnessed. The students were thoughtful, honest, conscientious, inspired and shockingly punctual. All were open to a very vulnerable experience and appreciative afterwards.

Stories of triumph and failure, overcoming odds and personal challenges were as diverse as the individuals interviewed. There were stories of strict immigrant parents, a love of war, injecting hormones, cancer, a disparaging grandfather, teaching the disabled and living with relatives. It was powerful for the subject, and photographer, leaving me moved and speechless, feeling proud to be connected to these kids and to my alma mater, an institution that clearly supports deep introspection and instills the confidence to share it.