Generations of Growth
Tarriona Ball, lead vocalist of Tank and the Bangas, performs a secret show at Barley's Taproom during the Rhythm and Blooms Festival in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.
Brittany Morrison in the studio. May 2019.
Incoming freshman participate in a glow zone party on Wednesday, Aug. 21st, 2019 during WKU Master Plan, an orientation program for incoming freshman to adjust to college life.
Shonda Judy, 60, relaxes with a bubble bath after volunteering at the Cynthiana Animal Shelter. She uses passion for photography to help local animals get adopted. Shonda volunteers at the shelter by taking portraits of the animals and posting them on social media with a brief story about the animals' personality. "Dogs that I take pictures of and post don't get adopted because they look at it and think 'Oh I need a husky!'" she says. "They adopt the animal because they see a post and a picture of a dog named Jimmy who has a red pickup truck and they think 'Oh my grandpa's name was Jimmy and he drove a red pickup truck too! That dog needs me and I need that dog!' They can feel that connection with the animals and put a personality to the name."
When Missy Johnson first began bingeing and purging regularly in high school, she felt ashamed and isolated from society. Johnson was soon diagnosed with Bulimia Nervosa and started her journey towards recovery. Although she is still continuing to recover from her eating disorder, Johnson focuses on loving her body, and uses tattoos as a form of self-expression. "I just felt so ashamed, I just didn't want to admit I was broken to anyone else. Having any type of mental illness can make you feel like you're just unlovable or like no one will want to be around you because you're going through some serious shit, but I think my tattoos just help me feel more at home in my body. It's just a way for me to always remember I've been through hell and back, so what's gonna stop me now," Johnson said.
Students and teachers of Beaumont Elementary School react as Claudia Caballero, the executive director of Centro Hispano, speaks at the Families Belong Together Rally outside of the Knoxville City County Building on Monday, June 25, 2018.
Tanner Kremer & guineau pig, Sally in the studio. April 2019
Nicole Childress (left) and Becca Buckner (right) of Western Kentucky University's Alpha Delta Pi sorority celebrate their victory during Kappa Delta's Shenanigans event on Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 2018 at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center in downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Peyton Church, a 5-year-old Bowling Green native, celebrates at the Bowling Green Pride Festival. Church attended the festival with her mother and sister in order to show support for her sister, Sydney, who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. “I got to get my nails and face painted today and celebrate with my mom and sister, so I think it’s been a fun day. I love getting to have fun and just celebrate my sister and see her so happy,” Church said.
Garrett Strickler, a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity at Western Kentucky University, participates in his first Fight Night on Saturday, April 7th, 2019 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Fight Night is a boxing event hosted by the Sigma Chi fraternity chapter at Western Kentucky University in order to raise money for cancer research.
Katie Green (left) and Lucy McCormick (right) practice their cheer routine with the Roar Cheerleading Squad at The Buddy House in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Feb. 6, 2018. The Buddy House is a nonprofit organization that organizes activities to encourage equality for locals with Down syndrome."I really like to cheer now," Katie said, "My favorite part about it is getting to see all of my friends every week."
Austin Preston in the studio. February 2020
Lennon Loaeza (left) and his mother, Karla Pamanes (right) listen to Claudia Caballero, the Executive Director at Centro Hispano, speak during a Families Belong Together rally outside of the Knoxville City County Building on Monday, June 25th, 2018 in protest of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy and the separation of migrant families crossing into the U.S. from their children.