Posts Tagged ‘high school


graduatin’ time

Never one for pomp and circumstance, I didn’t go to my college graduation, and I would have skipped my high school ceremonies had I been given the option (remember how the principal threatened the kids likely to “act” up by holding on to our real diplomas until we had actually walked across the stage and left the building? I remember really having a problem with that, as my inner adolescent was outraged that they could keep us from doing anything we wanted at this point…we were going to graduate no matter what, and no amount of chest beating and attempted power wielding was going to scare us.)  But I digress.

And, most appropriately, I don’t plan on attending my 10 year high school reunion when it’s held…tomorrow. Yes it’s been 10 years, and for the past five, I’ve tried my best to ignore the facebook messages urging everybody to attend.  No, instead I’ll spend the weekend in Greenville with the in-laws who still (and hopefully always will) ooh and aah over my new son.

As things come full circle, I spent last week and the week before covering our local high school graduation ceremonies (thankfully, all of the schools’ events are grouped together in one arena).

Near total darkness aside, graduations at the James Brown Arena are quite fun to shoot.  We have the run of the place, so you can get all kinds of angles and you have good access to the graduates as they hug and celebrate.

Below is a picture I quite like, but thought it was a throwaway shot at the time of pressing the shutter button.  It breaks a bunch of photojournalism “rules” (more like suggestions, really) including rule of thirds and the old ‘faces sell newspapers’ which, sorry to say, only word people think.

But it’s an easy read and it tells a nice story about the journey they are about to embark on.  They’re leaving one thing behind and going through new doors to their futures.  It works, I think.

New graduates Juanita Cody, left, and Kelsea Leverett hug as they walk out of James Brown Arena after A.R. Johnson graduation ceremonies, Tuesday, May 25, 2010, in Augusta, Ga. Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff



slip n’ slide

You’re a senior at a local prep school.  It’s your last official day of class.  You’ve had four (six in this school’s case) years of trials and tribulations, ups and downs, good times and bad times, all that.

What better way to celebrate your impending freedom to go out and learn at a higher learning institution than a SLIP N’ SLIDE! YEAH.

But as was the case for Westminster Prep School seniors last Friday, first you get to play a faculty vs. seniors volleyball game, in which you crush your 11th grade algebra teacher in the face with the ball.  Then on your way to the slip n’ slide, you get to run all over the soccer field with the sprinklers on, as a sort of warmup to the drenchedness that you are about to experience. And finally you make it to the baseball field, where proud moms have set up a tent with fruits and cookies and other goodies (where are the Jello shots?) to accompany a solid hour of forming a line, running, jumping, sliding, forming a line, running, jumping, sliding, formi…you get the idea.

Seniors last day fun.  Before you have to go out and do something with yourself. Good luck.

From left, Rebecca Shine, Jim McPhail and Charlotte Thornton ride down the slip n' slide during the Westminster seniors' last day, Friday, May 7, 2010, in Augusta, Ga. Festivities also included a faculty/seniors volleyball game and a sprinkler run on the soccer field. RAINIER EHRHARDT/STAFF

This was an outtake.  Another version made the paper as a standalone on page 2a of Saturday’s paper.  And although I decided on the other one because it was cleaner (background) and was easier to read, I really like the girl on the right’s legs up.  It looks more like a moment.  But the background on the left is messy and any photographer who knows me, knows I’m a background Nazi.  So it’s new home is here.