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Just about everyone knows someone who has been bullied, in ways big and small. Understandably, though, many victims are reluctant to speak about their experiences. We found some who aren't.
Whitney on Whitney:
I’m interested in old things, broken things, deteriorated and abandoned things. I just want to find places that are desolate and blown apart and totally ruined and take pictures of them. I like things that are out of place. I do a lot of photography with my mom, so sometimes we’ll just drive around looking for places that are interesting. We spend a lot of our time in graveyards. I like the idea that something that’s been left behind can be more beautiful than it was before.
Photography was always around me. My grandpa and mom are both photographers. I would try to take pictures of things when I was younger, but in ninth grade I really started wanting to take real pictures.
Sometimes I’m just not in the mood, because photography is not something I can do if I’m not seeing out of the right eyes or not in the right mind-set. If I’m not in a good enough place emotionally or mentally to see it, I can’t do it. I feel like if I’m thinking too hard about something, then it can come off as too contrived.
When I’m set on taking pictures, I’m usually looking for things that I can find to take pictures of as they are. I feel as if I changed things I would take away from the nature of what it was in the first place. Some of the photos I like best are from things that I happened across, that I didn’t do a thing to orchestrate or change.
I plan to continue doing photography, not as a career but as a hobby. I would consider taking photography as a career if I could find something I was really satisfied with. It makes me happy to know that it’s one of the things I can say I’m kind of good at.
Pictured: Untitled, photography
--As told to Caroline Wallace, St. Petersburg High