“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust

Two years ago, I began a five year project, titled 900 Days of school.  In this project, I decided to take one picture a day at school for my last five years of school before retirement.

Since the beginning, this project and my students have taken me in directions I never imagined.  Whenever I was asked what I photographed, I always responded that I photographed anything except people.  As the years have gone by, I have found people (my people) have been making their way more and more into my photographs.  By my people, I mean members of my family and closest friends.

This year, as a part of the project, I began making portraits of members of my school family.  It all started when I made one picture that seemed more like a portrait than a typical snapshot.  I then began looking for different lighting situations and ways to make portraits of my kids.

I have often wondered how I would find a way to hang out with little people once I finish my 35 years teaching.  There are so many things I will miss about being with children:  their honesty, their energy, their views about life.  Perhaps, this year during the project, I found my answer.

I will always cherish these pictures and the incredible students who helped me create them!

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Mary Presson Roberts
Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

Comments (10)

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    Love these pictures! You are incredible!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thanks, so much, Mr. Young! You were my role model of a true, caring teacher! I am grateful!

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    These are so precious. You’ll have great memories to look back on.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thanks, Jennifer! Precious memories, indeed!

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    Wonderful photos Mary and a beautiful story.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Many thanks, Dan!

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    You’ve found your muse, my friend. These are beautiful images.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thanks, so much, Janet!

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    Wonderful portraits Mary! You could always teach photography to kids 🙂

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Lauri! I could, indeed!

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