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Through their eyes: Learning photography at the Boys & Girls Club of the Bighorns

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Haylee Golphenee wipes her hair away from her face

Haylee Golphenee wipes her hair away from her face while playing a game of red light, green light out side the club. 

Once a week, I have the extreme privilege of learning about photography at the Boys & Girls Club of the Bighorns. We talk about what makes a photograph beautiful and about what kinds of photos photographers can take. We talk about things like color and facial expression, like lines and backgrounds.

I suppose I am supposed to be teaching the kids about photography but really they are teaching me with every question, every broken rule and every beautiful photograph that they make. Enjoy a few favorites created by the kids at the Club over the last few months and ask them for photo tips — we can all learn a thing or two from these young photographers.

-Jessi Dodge, Bulletin Photojournalist

Sophia Young poses for a portrait

Sophia Young poses for a portrait during a photo class in the front room of the Boys & Girls Club of the Bighorns. The kids love to take pictures of each other and their friends

The photography kids throw their hands in the air

While waiting for their turns to take photographs, the photography kids throw their hands in the air while playing Simon Says.

Emily Schlager, center, looks defiantly up at another club member

Emily Schlager, center, looks defiantly up at another club member while transitioning between activities. 

A head pops up in front of the camera

A head pops up in front of the camera while Natalie Roope, back, looks at the neighboring pocket during a made-up game. 

Madison McCreary smiles at the camera

Madison McCreary smiles at the camera while hiding part of her face with a toy during photo class. 

Oakley Garton, right, laughs while she uses colored pencils

Oakley Garton, right, laughs while she uses colored pencils on a coloring project with the rest of the day's art group. 

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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