Long before Teen Mom hit MTV screens, way back in 1989, while working for the Philadelphia Inquirer I spent a few days at William Tennent High School in Warminster, Pennsylvania making pictures of a program geared to keep Teen Moms in school. The school, and mostly, Centennial School District, set up a day care program so young women that had children while in high school could keep on attending school and get their diploma. It was pretty simple. The girls would drop of their child before classes started, then go to school. They could come back to visit the children any time during the day. Then would pick them up after school and in some cases, actually do their homework in the day care while waiting for the bus ride home.
Here are some of the images from the package I did in 1989. Images were shot with Tri-X film and probably pushed to 1600 ISO in most interiors with Nikon F3’s as camera of choice.
A teen mom does her homework while her daughter has a snack.
Teen mom and her daughter leave for school as her mother says good bye.
Teen mom and her daughter play during lunch break.
A group of teen moms share a laugh in the lunch room.
During lunch, a teen mom sets her daughters hair.
A young boy and girl play in the day care area of the high school.
Diaper changing time for a young child of a teen mom.
Teen mom drops off her daughter at day care at the school.
Lunch time in day care.
While her daughter is in day care, a teen mom chats in class with a friend.
A teen mom pours milk into her daughters cereal before leaving for school.
A child kisses her teen mom goodbye after being dropped off for day care.
Last weekend I photographed the Odyssey of the Mind competition in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania at Pennsbury High School. The Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.
The competitors solved problems with great presentations.
Here are some clips and the actual images from the event.
Here is one of my favorites from last night’s prom shoot for Solebury School at the Washington Crossing Inn at Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. I’ll post a full link once I finish editing the pix. It was very windy, so I had to light it with two strobe from the sides. Couldn’t use a softball of umbrella because of the wind.
Yesterday I was sent to cover a bomb threat at Souderton High School. The assignment was vague, school evacuated….find out why and illustrate it.
I arrive at the school, and find that the entrance is blocked. The police officer on scene says, “Go to the school district offices,” but wouldn’t tell me why the school was evacuated. I think that’s not going to work for me. So, I drive around to another entrance. There I see a line of cars trying to get to and from the school. Students are walking away, looking somewhat distraught. I get out of the car with a 300mm. Start making pictures of three girls walking from the school. The one girl flips me off.
I ask them what was going on and explain I was there for a newspaper. They tell me about the bomb threat and that the reason the other girl flipped me off was that she couldn’t get back to her car and they were stranded outside the school. Apparently, her keys were in her backpack at the school. No car keys. No ride.
I realize I can’t get through the traffic. Then decide to find another way in. Along a side road there was another entrance to the football field. I park and walk across the field. Made some images and video of students in the stadium waiting to go home. The stadium was the safest and farthest place away from the school building for students to congregate. As I walked closer to the building, a police officer and the school principle stopped and asked if I had permission to be on school property. I explained why I was there and that I wasn’t sure if I had permission. I was told by the officer and principal that I do not have permission and had to leave. I recall thinking, “If you know I don’t have permission, then why are you asking.” I said no problem, and started to exit. As I was walking away, I was thinking that since every time they have an event at the school the and send a press release aren’t they “inviting” us onto school property? Isn’t that permission? It didn’t matter though, I had what I needed as far as imagery, and didn’t want to run into a hassle with the police.
SOUDERTON, PA – APRIL 14: Students exit the football field after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of Souderton High School April 14, 2014 in Souderton, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)
SOUDERTON, PA – APRIL 14: Students waits on the football field after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of Souderton High School April 14, 2014 in Souderton, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)
SOUDERTON, PA – APRIL 14: From left, Amber Figueroa, Hannah Fisher and Sophie Arnott walk from the school building after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of Souderton High School April 14, 2014 in Souderton, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)
SOUDERTON, PA – APRIL 14: A police officer stands guard outside the entrance after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of Souderton High School April 14, 2014 in Souderton, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)
The US Army Field Band and Chorus performed Monday night at Bensalem High School with a free concert. The short amount of what I was able to see was pretty entertaining. The crowd seemed pleased. The band was flawless and the chorus even better.
Here are some images: