Ruben M ::: AP Photo Portfolio

EVERY SINGLE 2018 HeLa Photo AP student passed the College Board exam and received college credit!

Enjoy some selected images from Ruben’s AP Portfolio submission:

“Quality” ::: best photos of the year

Concentration ::: LINES of ASYMMETRY


My Concentration will use the basic concept of lines in nature that can create harmony and unity, through asymmetry. Lines are ubiquitous and do not lack in any aspect of life, seeing as lines are everywhere we go, especially in photography. I want to use asymmetry to unify the lines in my images. Together these two concepts can form a middle ground, where a recurrent visual aspect is made beautiful through asymmetry. My goal is to create photographic balance by utilizing lines in nature.

Project Explanation:

My style is not trying to take basic photographs *of* lines, but instead, trying to *use* pre-existing lines as asymmetrically as possible. Lines, in their pure form, do not give the photograph any togetherness; which is why I incorporated asymmetry into the style to unite the images. Image 9 represents my idea of unity. As the lines weave in and out, it creates contrast with the grass that persuades the viewer to follow the line from light to light until they have traveled through the image. The photograph is also unified by the asymmetry seen with the centering of the images and contrast created by the grass and concrete lines. These lines bring the entire photograph together in unity because of how center line creates balance between the details in the left side and the negative space on right side. My point is also demonstrated in image 8 with the bird on the fence. I feel that this photo really displays my message of asymmetry really well. The “z” make by the lines in the photograph is almost perfectly symmetrical, the lines used to create this “z” are influential enough to block out most of the messy background while giving balance to the bird situated in the dead center of “z”.

SENIOR ADS due Dec 21

Senior ADS are a great way for families to recognize their Senior!

Space can be purchased in this year’s HeLa Yearbook to commemorate the hard work your son or daughter has put into the last four years.

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Abigail Y ::: AP Photo Portfolio

EVERY SINGLE 2018 HeLa Photo AP student passed the College Board exam and received college credit!

Enjoy some selected images from Abigail’s AP Portfolio submission:

“Quality” ::: best photos of the year

Concentration ::: CRYSTALS


My Concentration is a story. Unlike stories that are told with words, mine is told with images. Each work represents a lyric from the song “Crystals” by the band Of Monsters and Men. “Crystals” is a story about being faced with reality; how we see a clouded world without others.The main character realizes she can’t develop alone. The drawings overlaying the images were added to give this an illustrated storybook touch.

Project Explanation:

When I was struggling with project ideas, my photography teacher wanted me to retrace my steps, back to the beginning, to see where I could develop and improve. We were once asked to pick an old piece we made and continue the idea to possibly rejuvenate that spark. I went further than that. I went back to my base idea of what I originally wanted my AP portfolio to be. I’ve always loved music because each song is a different story. I wanted to capture that story in a different medium. Something special about these photos is that it’s like a picture book, as you look through each image in the order a story is composed. The song depicts that the main character has her struggles with others. For example, in my image expressing “Let your colors bleed and blend with mine” shows how the character was able to help someone open up to her. In my picture, I have a hand that is covered in paint. As you can see it is in color as the rest is in black and white. This represents her being willing to open her heart to them. Another example is from the art piece “I know I’ll wither, so peel away the bark” – I have the girl peeling the bark from a tree, just to reveal herself. This represents her knowing that she has created a thick skin. She soon realizes that she has to open up so she doesn’t fade, so she lets others in to help her grow.

First Day at HeLa!

And we’re already featured in The Columbian!

Teacher Jack Thompson goes through the attendance list for freshmen on the first day of school at Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School on Monday morning. This is Thompson’s first year in the classroom. He said he formed bonds with his fellow teachers on the picket lines these past two weeks. Amanda Cowan/The Columbian

Kelsi Young, a 16-year-old junior, announced at 7:50 a.m. that she needed a nap.

“I didn’t think it would start this week, so I stayed up late,” she said.

Jacob Chumbley, who greeted people with the enthusiastic hugs only a 16-year-old can manage before 8 a.m., said he was looking forward to seeing his friends, meeting new teachers and planning a good prom.