Category Archives: Photo Essays

Alyssa Fields: October Photographer of the Month


Interview by Avery Fields/ Photos by Alyssa Fields Alyssa Fields, 11, of Brooklyn, New York, is Bokeh Focus’ October Photographer of the Month. Fields’ photograph received the most votes among four other nominees. She previously […]

Amy: September Photographer of the Month


Interview by Avery Fields/ Photos by Amy Amy, 24, of Atlanta, Georgia, is Bokeh Focus’ September Photographer of the Month. Amy’s photograph received the most votes in September. She previously won photographer of the week […]

Emma Walkington: August Photographer of the Month


Interview by Avery Fields/ Photos by Emma Walkington Emma Walkington, 19, from Phoenix, Arizona, is our August Photographer of the Month winner. She currently lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Walkington competed against three other photographers and […]

Avery Fields: July Photographer of the Month


Interview by Bokeh Focus/ Photos by Avery Fields Avery Fields, 24, from Brooklyn, New York, is our July Photographer of the Month winner. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Fields competed against three other photographers […]

Amber Fields: June Photographer of the Month


Interview by Avery Fields/ Photos by Amber Fields Amber Fields, 18, from Brooklyn, New York, is our June Photographer of the Month winner. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Fields competed against three other photographers […]

Jan Düerkop: May Photographer of the Month


Interview by Avery Fields/ Photos by Jan Düerkop Jan Düerkop, 37, from Hamburg, Germany, is our May Photographer of the Month winner. He competed against three other photographers and his photo received the most votes. […]

Ali Sardar: March Photographer of the Month


Interview by Olivia Goss/ Photos by Ali Sardar Ali Sardar, 26, from Atlanta, is our March Photographer of the Month winner. He competed against three others, and his photo submission received the most votes. Ali […]

Chris Onuoha: February Photographer of the Month


Interview by Olivia Goss/ Photos by Chris Onuoha Chris Onuoha, 22, from Newcastle, Britain, is our February Photographer of the Month winner. He competed against three others and his photo received the most votes. Chris […]

Syed Hamza: January Photographer of the Month


Interview by Olivia Goss/ Photos by Syed Hamza Syed Hamza, 16, from Istanbul, Turkey, is our January Photographer of the Month winner. He competed against three others and his photo received the most votes. Hamza […]

Andrea Klerides: Featured Photographer — Bokeh Focus Exhibit 2020


Andrea Klerides was one of our eight featured photographers in our 3D, immersive, virtual Bokeh Focus Exhibit 2020 — The New World: Isolation.  Biography Andrea Klerides is a 31-year-old photographer living in Astoria, New York. […]

Benjamin Thomlinson: Featured Photographer — Bokeh Focus Exhibit 2020


Benjamin Thomlinson was one of our eight featured photographers in our 3D, immersive, virtual Bokeh Focus Exhibit 2020 — The New World: Isolation.  Biography Benjamin Thomlinson, from Atlanta, is a 25-year-old Winter 2020 graduate of […]

Trevon Davis: November Photographer of the Month Interview


Interview by Salinah On Yeugo/ Photos by Trevon Davis Trevon Davis, 20, from Austin, Texas, is our November Photographer of the Month winner. He competed against three other photographers for his title and his photo […]

Nikki Raitz: Featured Photographer — Bokeh Focus Exhibit 2020


Nikki Raitz was one of our eight featured photographers in our 3d, immersive, virtual Bokeh Focus Exhibit 2020 — The New World: Isolation.  Biography Nikki Raitz is 21 years old and currently pursuing a BFA […]

Jan Düerkop: September Photographer of the Month Interview


Interview by Olivia Goss/ Photos by Jan Düerkop Jan Düerkop, 37, from Hamburg, Germany, is our September Photographer of the Month winner. He competed against three other photographers for this title and his photo received […]

Andrea Klerides: June Photographer of the Month Interview


Interview by Ciara Lawrence/ Photos by Andrea Klerides Andrea Klerides, 31, from Queens, New York, is our June Photographer of the Month winner. She competed against four other photographers for this title and her photos […]

Sven Hühn: May Photographer of the Month Interview


Interview by Arianna Lasha/ Photos by Sven Hühn Sven Hühn, 30, from Wiesmoor, Germany, is our May Photographer of the Month winner. He competed against 4 other photographers for this title and his photo received […]

New Breed of Cops: Michael Tashji


Text and Photos by Michael Tashji On a Friday night in Bloomfield, N.J., middle school children hang out at Foley Field to watch the highschool football team play. Officer Marvid Camacho provides security at the […]

Atlanta: Then & Now — Lightning: Gone In a Flash


Text and Photos by Eric Naccarato A solitary figure walks along a lonely, worn-down stretch of road.  Behind her lies a wasteland of urban development and construction. A skeletal high-rise looms, a symbol of the […]

Kids Compete, Learn in Juvenile Justice Jeopardy Game


Text and Photos by Ali Sardar Spending a Saturday morning in a classroom is not something most kids want to do. So why did 110 kids between 9 and 17 years old in Lawrenceville, Georgia, […]

Rally Held to Support Jessica Colotl’s Immigration Fight to Keep Dreamer Status


Text and Photos by Ali Sardar ATLANTA — Advocacy groups and protesters rallied this weekend downtown in support of Jessica Colotl, whose Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status was recently revoked. Her story made headlines […]

Community-based Organization Battles Chronic Absenteeism in Queens


Text and Photos by Becky Holladay “Good morning, Love Bugs, it’s a beautiful day!” Meaghan Holley sang through the door of an apartment. “Psych. It’s actually really gross out. But we still have to get up and […]

Nonprofit Art School Helps Youth Thrive in Skid Row, Los Angeles


Text and Photos by Sean Myers LOS ANGELES — Nestled among nondescript warehouses and infamous streets, Inner-City Arts in downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row is an oasis for artistic growth and self-exploration that serves more than 8,000 students […]

Young People Protest U.S. Election in New York, Washington, Nationwide


Text by Karen Savage | Photos by Devin Khan NEW YORK — Chants of “not my president” and “love trumps hate” filled the air as thousands of young people stood shoulder to shoulder Wednesday night, filling […]

Violence by Police, Against Police Risks Tearing Country Further Apart


Text by Daryl Khan | Photos by Karen Savage and Marco Poggio NEW YORK — Gavin Long was not among the peaceful crowds on July 10, the week before he savagely murdered three Baton Rouge […]

Searching for a Solution Where ‘Fear and Weapons Meet’


Text and Photos by Rebecca White NEW YORK — “And I soon gathered that being perceived as dangerous is a hazard in itself. I only needed to turn a corner into a dicey situation, or […]

Broken Promises, Broken Lives


Text by Daryl Khan | Photos by Robert Stolarik The mostly black electorate of Baltimore elected a white candidate to be the next mayor in 1999. My editor at The Boston Globe asked me to […]