“Bloom Where Planted” was a series of workshops led by Dr. Lori Phillips for at-risk youth in Kalihi on the island of Oahu during Fall 2016. The series used photography, observational drawing, and writing to tell stories that focused on the theme of “Home.


The vulnerable, dilated pupil in the sky blue iris stares into his near-distant future.

The relationship with his dad will be about forgiveness.

Two parts both needing to forgive each other.

We shouldn’t leave this world without resolution…

Can I get an amen somebody…

This vulnerable pupil dilates to focus on forgiveness

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