What is Bokeh Focus?


Bokeh comes from the Japanese word boke (ボケ), which means “blur.”

A great photographer can make even a blur pleasing to the eye. In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur particularly pertaining to the unfocused background.

Bokeh Focus: Our Website

Our website, Bokeh Focus, was created and is published by the nonprofit Center for Sustainable Journalism (The Center) to bring attention to those individuals — specifically youth —  in the blurred background of our culture. 

Teen Hangout Baton Rouge: Girls laughing while sitting on the front porch cement steps with graffiti on the walls behind them at the old abandoned while house.
Teen girls Williams and Brown go to the white house nearly every day.
From our gallery: “Baton Rouge: That White House On the Corner”
Photo: Clarissa Sosin

Youth Photos, Youth Focus: We are a platform for professional, amateur, and youth photographers to showcase photography of youth and the world through the eyes of youth from around the world.

On Bokeh Focus, you will find the work of professional photographers, young photographers and artists that express the way they see the world and the issues that take priority in their lives. All these beautiful images are produced by individuals who actively explore their creativity with a passion.

Youth and youth’s perspective — with the artistic expression left to the photographer’s imagination —  is the common thread in the galleries and stories of the up-and-coming photojournalists, young photographers and artists we feature on Bokeh Focus. We encourage these talented, hardworking people to collaborate with each other and support each other in their creative endeavors. 

@Bokeh_Focus: Our Instagram

Many of the galleries and stories you see here are also posted on our Instagram account, @Bokeh_Focus. Be sure to check out all our Instagram posts and follow us! If you have pix you want us to see, tag them with @Bokeh_Focus. They will be entered into our Photographer of the Week contest. Let your friends know to follow us & vote for you!

Share Your Work on Bokeh Focus

Do you think your photo essay, photograph or art is what we are looking for at Bokeh Focus? Tag your pix on Instagram with @Bokeh_Focus to enter them in our Photographer of the Week contest. Every month a Photographer of the Month is voted for and featured on @Bokeh_Focus and here on this website. We look forward to seeing your creative work!

Explore Our Affiliated Websites Published by the Center for Sustainable Journalism

The Center, at Kennesaw State University in metropolitan Atlanta, produces journalism that increases civic engagement, holds public officials accountable, strengthens democracy and advances the field of journalism education. 

Our three affiliated publications are Youth Today, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and Fresh Take Georgia. These sites publish stories that cover many different topic areas. Both Youth Today and JJIE have extensive resource hubs that include free downloads. You can stay up-to-date on new stories by signing up for each site’s free newsletters or new story notifications. In our Bokeh Focus Stories and Galleries sections, we republish photojournalism selections from our affiliated sites we know will be of interest to our readers.

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Youth Today is a national, nonprofit, independent news source for people who care about and work with children and youth.

For more than 35 years Youth Today has published in-depth reporting on issues affecting youth including foster care and child welfare, juvenile justice, youth with disabilities, education, out-of-school time, youth development and more.

The Center acquired Youth Today in 2012. It was previously published by the American Youth Work Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit. 

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The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) is a nonprofit, independent news source for people who care about children and the law. JJIE publishes in-depth reporting on the U.S. juvenile justice system and its far-reaching impact on children and youth.

In the past, traditional journalism organizations filled this function. Today, due to shrinking resources, there are large gaps in that coverage. JJIE fills that void.

FRESH TAKE Georgia is a new digital news service offering Georgia news from a fresh perspective focusing on Georgia’s state government, including the legislature and other issues of statewide, regional or national interest.

We aim to bridge the gap in local journalism by providing in-depth, fact-based, fair and balanced investigative journalism to Atlanta and Georgia’s local communities by listening, digging and reporting the topics that matter most to Georgians.