Friday night football is a classic centerpiece of the high school experience. Animated cheerleaders, gladiatorial football players, and enthusiastic crowds are just a few elements of this beloved American tradition, which never fails to unite and inspire.
At Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS), a school of over 4,500 students, though, it’s often difficult to bring our student body together in support of any single event. That’s why before I went to my first game this past Homecoming on Oct. 21, I wasn’t sure whether my photos would capture the same sense of togetherness and excitement that football games are generally expected to generate.
However, once the game began, my doubts quickly subsided as I was overwhelmed by an intense feeling of school pride and unity. Regardless of whether I was sitting in the stands with my friends or snapping photos on the field, there wasn’t a single moment in which I didn’t feel the thrilling, beautiful energy that only being one with your peers and community can bring about.
I took the following photos on 35mm film in hopes of capturing that energy. Enjoy.