10 Stunning Photos

by Alice Kogo

Series of Shots

In June, on the night before the summer solstice, Crystal Kogo prepares her poses for the STARChild beauty pageant, as she was one of the four-year olds chosen to represent her city. She has special talent of skate-boarding which will be showcased the next day. "I'm so excited!" she says.

Obscure Part of Subject

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Props

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Samuela Botaeng focuses intently on the game in front of her, the possibilities and moves that the chess pieces could make intricately carved into her mind. This is her last game as a senior at Joliet West. "It takes a lot of concentration" she says. "I don't have a strategy, but it works."

Close Up on One Body Part

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Candid

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Rosy Huerta stares down at her lunch tray, bored by the lack of speech coming from their table as they sit at lunch, her fellow students captivated by their phones. This lull of inactivity is a frequent event at lunch every day, and only Huerta notices, due to her lack of a smartphone. "I feel like everyone's too busy to talk these days," she says. "Why talk when you can send text in a less then a second? It's 'convenient'."

Inside the Frame

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On Christmas day, seniors Joseph Talarico and Courtney Mims look at each other one last time in the midst of a crowded hallway before a bittersweet embrace. This is the last hour that the couple will spend together before departing to opposite sides of the country from their pre-college visits. "We'll miss each other," Mims says. "But hopefully the two weeks will pass by quickly..."

Lighting

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Sunlight streams onto the face of Beyonce Knowles as she looks out the window, waiting in her personal limo that is on it's way to the Grammy's. She already knows that she is the winner of 6 awards. "I feel honored," she ads on laughingly. "But I doubt that any of my fans are surprised."

Out of Comfort Zone

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Switch Perspective

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Rule of Thirds

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