“The photography class was great. It allowed me to capture a feeling that I couldn’t express with words. I feel as though they should implement the photography class in every DC public school because for me, it just took so much stress off of my back that I’m actually able to complete school. My brother was a big part of my life, and after his death it put me in a state of depression. When I got that camera and was able to take a picture of [his graduation portrait] and what he liked, the piano, it’s like the stress that I felt, the loss that I felt, I was able to capture all of that in one picture. It took it off of my shoulders and put it on a piece of paper.
I will always incorporate photography into my life. I learned to look deeper. I don't just see the smiling group of people. I see the sad kid in the back. Now, I hope to be a counselor.