“Photographic projects can be as short as an afternoon or as long as a lifetime.”
― George Barr
I just finished my thirty-first year teaching young children in the public schools of the Carolinas. The past twenty-six years have been spent teaching at the same school located in Charlotte, NC.
Since I am in the final years of my career, I have begun to reflect upon what a rewarding way it has been to spend much of my life. As a result, this past summer, I decided to take on a personal project to try to capture some of the magical moments and scenes that I have had the pleasure to witness during my career. I decided to take one photograph a day each day for the final five years of my career. I titled this project 900 Days of School as that is roughly the number of days I would teach before retiring. This school year was the first year of my project.
When I began the project, I was not quite sure where it would lead. What I found was that the project really took on a life of its own. I will be sharing, throughout the summer, the magical places my project took me in the first year.
The project began with ordinary things I saw around the school.
My desk is always very tidy at the beginning of the year.
In the first days of the project, I found myself recording the scenes I experience every day during a typical school year. What I discovered was that these images were just the beginning of a wonderful journey throughout the school year searching for the beauty of what I experience every day as an elementary school teacher.
I hope you will follow this incredible journey with me throughout this first year of the project to see how it grew and changed.