Hidden Struggles
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Hidden Struggles

  • Name: Phantazia A.
  • Age: 14
  • Category: What Moves Me - Photo Essay
  • State: Wisconsin
Artist Statement:
She sits alone, keeping to her own.
She silently cries, wishing the pain would die.

The person who told her, he would never hurt her
Is not looked at the same, for he’s the one who causes her pain.

He’s called names, and is thrown hateful words.
He wants to call out, but he’s never heard.
The outcast is what he is called
He doesn’t see why they’re so appalled.

The people that we’re once called ‘friends’
turned out to be demons in the end.

Even the ones he thought were family, kick him
even when he’s barely standing

The people who cause this are a problem,
though no one can completely stop them
This word is often misused, but there should be no tolerance for abuse

The struggles that make or break us
Make it hard to find people to trust
But if we find the strength inside
It’s our story that makes us
One of a Kind

  • Gallery: ImageMakers
  • Year: 2014
  • Sponsors: Sony
For more than 50 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has celebrated the accomplishments of Club youth as they learn the art and science of photography. After local and regional competitions, the ImageMakers National Photography Contest yields national winners ages 6-18 years old whose photographs compete in four categories: Culture & Tradition, Portraits, Surroundings, and Photo with Essay or Poem. The annual contest is supported by our National Photography Program designed to help Club members go beyond taking simple snapshots and develop the skills to produce photographs that can truly impact a viewer. The program materials include several components to support an effective and dynamic learning experience including a downloadable facilitator’s guide, instructional videos to help staff prepare for each session, visual presentations to a ccompany lessons, and “How-To” videos for teens that can be shown in the sessions or used by teens for self-directed learning. Boys & Girls Club staff can access the National Photography Program materials by visiting https://www.bgca.net/programs/pages/National-Fine-Arts-Exhibit-Program.aspx