Wilton High School sophomore Sophie Delfeus captured how much her life has changed in her photograph "High Road," which was part of the "Wilton Up Close" exhibit that opened Friday night at the Wilton Library .
It "describes the twists and turns of my life," said Sophie, who left Queens, N.Y., to attend high school in Connecticut through A Better Chance of Wilton .
Sophie has enjoyed snapping pictures since she was young. But taking the "Wilton Up Close" photography and writing course helped her explore that interest. She said photography helps her relax and forget about schoolwork and other problems for a while.
"It helps decrease the teen stress level," she says. A total of 25 students took the course, led by professional photographers Daryl Hawk, Larry Untermeyer and Dave Pressler. The students visited the Norwalk River, Woodcock Nature Center and Wilton Center to take photographs and experience their surroundings in a different way.
Devon Sexton, a freshman at Wilton High School, explained how the students changed their view of their environment with her photo "Good Bye," which she took of a branch floating in the pond at Woodcock Nature Center. Devon says, "When people glance at it, it is just a branch, but I looked in between that and saw something different."
Each student chose three of his or her photographs and corresponding poetry for the exhibit at the library . The students' work will be on display until Feb. 25.
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