Archive for Thursday, March 13, 2008

Opinion: New views from behind the lens

March 13, 2008

The 2007-2008 basketball season at Lansing High was loaded with memories, from the boys' romp in the Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament championship game to the girls' climb to a No. 6 state ranking.

Years from now when the members of this year's teams and the fans that followed them look back on the season, they will remember moments - both the highs and lows - like a series of snapshots. Moments frozen in time.

Keeping those snapshots alive - in full color - is part of the goal behind the photo galleries on The Current's website, lansingcurrent.com. And this season, there are oodles more galleries to look through, hundreds more of those frozen moments.

The credit for those extra photos goes to two Lansing High students: senior Griffin Davis and junior Dylan Delich. They were camped out on the baseline, cameras in hand, for most of the season, and The Current was fortunate enough to have these up-and-coming photojournalists share their work with the community this season.

Davis, a senior and a standout on the cross country and track teams, will attend the University of Kansas in the fall and pursue a degree in photojournalism. Delich is a junior who plans to study pre-med at Vanderbilt or attend KU for a degree in journalism or broadcasting. Both have a keen eye for a good sports photo, and I believe both have bright futures in the world of sports photography if they choose to pursue it.

Although they have yet to take a college course, both already are taking professional-quality photos. Both have improved with each game, too. Every time Davis stops by the office to drop off a CD of new photos, and every time Delich e-mails a new batch of pictures, the latest bunch is better than the previous one.

So far, the duo has combined to produce more than 30 photo galleries on the Web site, and a handful of their pictures have appeared in the print edition on this newspaper. Keep an eye out for more galleries of their work throughout the spring.

So give their work a look if you have time. In a season that had lots of bright spots, watching these young photojournalists improve was one of my favorite highlights.

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