Jake Crandall was puzzled at first by the message a friend posted on his Facebook feed Thursday mentioning something about the New York Times.
“I was confused because we entered the my hometown project a while ago and I had forgotten about it,” said the 2012 Shawnee Mission East grad, who now attend the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
But clicking on a subsequent link sent by friends and also SM East photo teacher Adam Finkleston led Crandall to the “Looking at Our Hometowns” photo essay the New York Times published on its “Lens” blog, which featured photos taken by teens all across the country. Crandall, a prolific photographer who shot for the Harbinger, submitted three 35 mm pictures to the project, and two — both shot at the River Market in Kansas City, Mo. — were published.
“I was pretty excited as future photojournalist,” Crandall said. “I know it is just a couple of photos in a group of hundreds but I can now say ‘I’ve been published in the New York Times’ and that’s pretty cool.”