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Victoria West student has new focus on photography

By Camille Doty
June 21, 2011 at 1:21 a.m.
Updated June 22, 2011 at 1:22 a.m.

This photo of a picture in the "Picture My World"  photographic essay can be seen at the VISD Fine Arts Center.  One student wrote, "Choices to me impact everything we do. One choice leads to a different life than another."

Kevin Romanowski is a teenager who likes music, video games and art. However, he's focused new energy into photography through the "Picture my World" project.

The once-a-year project helps youths in alternative school find creative outlets and express themselves through photography and poetry.

"At first, I thought, why take pictures when I can draw them," he said.

The 16-year-old got a new perspective when he realized his talent. His photography teacher, Shreepad Joglekar, agreed.

"Kevin has an innate artistic ability to capture moments most wouldn't see," he said.

One picture that particularly caught Joglekar's attention, was a picture of yellow wildflowers. Creative Kevin took the photograph from an insect's point-of-view.

The professor and student weren't always on the same page during the approximately monthlong program. In the beginning of the program, Joglekar wanted more participation. He began to speak Kevin's language when he talked about career possibilities in photography.

The Victoria West student also worked on his writing skills through the "Picture My World" Project.

The Victoria Regional Museum Association sponsored the program, and Victoria College instructors Gary Hall and Joglekar facilitated the event at the Mitchell Guidance Center. Some of the pictures and poems were on display at the Victoria Fine Arts Center.

Beth Weber, Kevin's counselor at the center, said the program gave him a boost.

"I saw a new confidence in him," she said.

Weber also described Kevin as inquisitive and generous. He played the guitar for her. She said she remembers when he played "Ode to Joy." It was his way of sharing his love of music with her.

Kevin said he also likes to share his hair. Every three years, he donates his hair to Locks of Love, to help children in need.

During the summer, Kevin works on a ranch building fences. The photography program has helped him to explore other potential careers. "I can see myself doing this someday," he said.

Corrected June 22, 2011.

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