Getting the Governor's School for the Arts photography students to Keeneland at 6 a.m. was not easy.
"It was an absurd hour for many of them," said Janice Braverman, who has taught at the summer arts program for high school students for several years. "But there were many breakthrough moments for the students while we were there.
"What they learned is that it can be fun to step into someone else's world. Though they were hesitant to go up to people they didn't know and start talking to them and start photographing them, it wasn't as bad or scary as they'd imagined."
That breakthrough was one of many successes for the GSA photo students.
Braverman said all 12 are talented and enthusiastic students who "all had cameras but didn't know too much about how to use them."
So she taught them the aesthetics of photography and how to tell a story without using words.
"We took a documentary/photo journalism approach," said Braverman, who teaches photography at the Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati. "I encouraged them to find the outer limits of photography and to experiment."
In addition to going to Keeneland, the students took photographs on the Transylvania University campus — the location of the arts camp — at a farmers market and in neighborhoods. They also experimented with manipulating photographs in the computer program Photoshop.
By the end of the three-week program, each student selected five images for a gallery show from among the thousands that they had taken.
"They were a great group of students," Braverman said. "I hope they take home what they've learned and continue to create."
The photos with this story are a sampling from the students' work.