When we posted our article “Calling all aspiring Photographers” to submit their photos, we weren’t exactly sure what to expect. Perhaps we’d get a few images from some passionate hobbyists… our fingers were crossed. When we received an email from an art/photography teacher at South Tahoe High School containing photos by students, it truly humbled us. One of our goals at TEDx South Lake Tahoe is to use this platform as a forum to showcase the talents of our local artists and this couldn’t be a better example of doing just that!

More Than Just a Pretty Picture

Like any great art, it challenges our preconceptions and notions of what is happening in our world today. These photos express feelings and ideas deeper than just pretty pictures. They express what is truly going on around us and the students’ families who live here.

  Annika Johnson – “Ghost Dancer”

Annika Johnson – “Ghost Dancer”

Annika Johnson is going to pursue a career in journalism and photography. She’s concerned about all cultures and has spent the past three years photographing the Bishop Paiute Pow Wow and other First Nation cultures from several places in North & South America.  

  Cassidy Harootuian – “America the Beautiful”

Cassidy Harootuian – “America the Beautiful”

Cassidy Harootuian took the photograph of the little girl with the fan titled: America the Beautiful. Culture is a bridge with the past to the present and into future generations.

  Alia Enriquez - "Our Home"

Alia Enriquez - "Our Home"

Alia Enriquez is the daughter of immigrants. She knows firsthand the bravery and hard work it takes to call a different country home. As many of us are aware, we have many undocumented people in our community. This picture exemplifies the bond and struggles of immigrants to move to a new culture and calling it home.

  Madeline Spencer

Madeline Spencer

Madeline Spencer, is a people person and loves her family.  It is the human bond and common experiences that make us all the family of man that she tries to capture.  This is her cousin playing in Grandpa's bumper. 

  Hannah Lucas – “Coming Together”

Hannah Lucas – “Coming Together”

Hannah Lucas’ photo is about the Me To movement. Although she’s only 16, she has had to take a courageous stand this past year and reflected it in the photo she composed and took.  Related to the theme of bridges, it is how an issue can create a bridge for people to gather around and move to making changes on. 

  Daniel Trejos – “Rebirth”

Daniel Trejos – “Rebirth”

Daniel Trejos finds nature to be his "Bridge" to rejuvenation and rebirth.  Lake Tahoe is his go to place for being alone and getting back in touch with himself.