James’s Photo Essay

Junior Zion Morgan is sitting with his headphones in his ear and his hand in his pocket as he uses the other hand to scroll on his IPhone during class.
Junior Zion Morgan is sitting with his headphones in his ear and his hand in his pocket as he uses the other hand to scroll on his IPhone during class.
Junior Dajai Williams is turned all the way around in her desk on her iPhone, when she is suppose to be concentrating on her assignment for the class.
Junior Dajai Williams is turned all the way around in her desk on her iPhone, when she is suppose to be concentrating on her assignment for the class.
Junior Jakyla Pratt has her legs crossed as she is turned in her desk smiling at her phone screen. She is distracted from the clas due to her phone.
Junior Jakyla Pratt has her legs crossed as she is turned in her desk smiling at her phone screen. She is distracted from the clas due to her phone.
Kenwood student is sitting at lunch with his Iphone in his hand and he has a confused and surprised look on his face staring into the camera.
Kenwood student is sitting at lunch with his Iphone in his hand and he has a confused and surprised look on his face staring into the camera.
Senior Camille is sitting at her computer in journalism class with her hand on her face. She is focused on her phone as her finger swipes across the screen.
Senior Camille is sitting at her computer in journalism class with her hand on her face. She is focused on her phone as her finger swipes across the screen.
 Senior Milton Ollie is leaning to the right in his desk so he can sneak and get on his phone during Afro class, when he should be listening to the teacher.
Senior Milton Ollie is leaning to the right in his desk so he can sneak and get on his phone during Afro class, when he should be listening to the teacher.
Sophomore Kennedi Glover is sitting at her lunch table near the window on her phone with her head a little leaning as if she just seen something intriguing.
Sophomore Kennedi Glover is sitting at her lunch table near the window on her phone with her head a little leaning as if she just seen something intriguing.
Junior Christopher Morris is at lunch on her iPhone 5s with her hand balled up on his face. He is so focused on the screen that her can't see pay attention to anything else.
Junior Christopher Morris is at lunch on her iPhone 5s with her hand balled up on his face. He is so focused on the screen that her can’t see pay attention to anything else.
Senior Hunter Gibson is sitting in front of her computer with her phone on her desk and she touching the screen as disregarding that class is in session.
Senior Hunter Gibson is sitting in front of her computer with her phone on her desk and she touching the screen as disregarding that class is in session.
Senior Terron is sitting in Afro class with a pencil in one hand to try to hide the fact he is texting on his phone with his other phone. He turns and looks towards the camera and appears shocked.
Senior Terron is sitting in Afro class with a pencil in one hand to try to hide the fact he is texting on his phone with his other phone. He turns and looks towards the camera and appears shocked.

When I first started this project and I learned I had to complete an entire photo essay. I had an initial plan to capture images and photos that expressed the lack of focus on school and more of an emphasis on social media with teenagers.

 

I quickly learned that my outcome would be very different than my original plan. When I began shooting I found many great moments that symbolized more than just a teen on social media. I saw unique and different view of things through the lens of the camera.

 

I soon learned that many the photos I was taking were beginning to tell a story of how teenagers were obsessed with their phones and how their phones caused a lot of them to lose focus from their school work.

 

I began to notice that their phones were their first priority, even though they were in class and suppose to be  listening to their teacher.


They were not focused on learning or school work, because their minds were so far gone through the screens of their phones. No matter if it was a text, call, or some type of social media.

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