Late for school and our meeting, Deondre “Dre” Davis arrived only after I sent him a few reminder texts. A major hurdle in documenting anyone’s life is to earn even the thinnest sliver of that person’s trust. It’s rare for folks to swing the door into their lives wide open. Thankfully, Dre, 17, a Wyoming high school senior, is one of those people who is willing to do so. We quickly made a connection and his natural calm allowed me to concentrate on accomplishing my assignment: capturing his life in less than 24 hours. Having his trust permitted me to travel the crowded halls of Cheyenne Central High School, past the walls of the classroom to focus on the moments and details of his life. —Nathan W. Armes
A version of this article first appeared in the Full Frame blog.