I got to visit Avenues, The World School in Chelsea when Telegraph Magazine asked me to photograph there (a sister school will also be opening in London in September 2016.) The school has been operating for 7 months now and getting a good amount of press since. The10 floor school building felt more like a high-end city hotel than a school. Instead of papers, pencils and textbooks, the students are given I-pads and laptops. It was almost the opposite of my high school. They had a big computer room where 15 computer technicians oversaw the internal computer networking in the school. It had a bit of time machine feeling because I imagine it is how most schools might look in 10 or 20 years. You can read the article here.
We weren’t allowed to photograph the students, but other than that we were able to roam around the school pretty freely. However, as the day went on I started to notice some tension from the faculty while we were photographing. One of them asked me what we were doing and how did we get into the school. I didn’t understand why they seemed so stressed out about us being there, but it turned out to be the same day the Sandy Hook mass shooting happened.
When I got home and learned about the shootings, I was reminded of how fragile life can be.