I like to stay the entire time to explore what I can somehow witness. I always feel I miss the best moments... that's a photographer thing. If we missed something, we know in our heart that was the one. Haha.
Even when we do get nice moments we always remember the ones we missed.
But if I get to stay the entire time, I feel like I learn a little about the class... who they are.
Each class has the same kids in a way... the artsy kids, the jocks, the military kids, the nerdy kids that will likely do something that changes everything but we won't know them because they are not on TV, the shy kid, the outgoing kid and so on.... But the funny thing is each and every one of those kids is an individual with a unique story.
Stereotypes never exist peacefully within an individual.
Tonight I asked the Titusville Herald if I could photograph this graduation for them. It's a neat paper with a long history and it is not corporate owned.
I love that.
I think the future of community journalism must demand that the owners are local. This is not a dig at my friends from corporate papers. Every local newsroom has people who truly care about the community they cover, but these little guys who plug away for the good of providing their readers with information need to be heralded! So tonight I was proudly taking photographs for this gem of a newspaper. Please take a moment to check out their Saturday edition. They said they will put together a picture page and perhaps more pictures Monday.
As for this website.... I plan to post more photographs from tonight and Thursday night's Rocky Grove graduation later this weekend.
Congrats to the class that was born when America was attacked by terrorists and graduated when the world was attacked by a horrible virus. I believe this generation will change the world.
More pictures to come this weekend.