Goat,Photography,Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Dedication to craft, kids brings long service

February 5, 2017
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However, it’s also a safe place where a child can learn life lessons and stay off the streets. “I’m a teacher and this is my pure teaching thing. Everything they make you do in school I don’t do down here. I teach by apprenticeship,” Murphy said. He has experience with teaching, having taught in the public school system for years. Initially, his entrance into the club was to allow him access to a darkroom. “I came down to the club (to talk to) Jack Beavers and I said I’ll teach a class if I can use the darkroom and he said ‘Yeah, here’s a key to get in the building,'” Murphy recalled. “So I ended up spending all my time with the kids. I wanted a darkroom to do my own work. I have yet to find time to do (it).” For some students, photography becomes a life anchor. “When these kids get out of the darkroom and go up here and someone’s trying to push drugs on them they have to be ready to say ‘No, I’m not going to do it,'” Murphy said. Today the Boys & Girls Club has students from all types of financial backgrounds, and Murphy works with them all equally. Some are upper middle class and some come from families that are struggling. According to Murphy, he can relate to them very well. “When I was a kid in high school I was poor. My parents divorced when I was nine — I was raised by my mother. I grew up in a housing project here in Martinsburg, very poor. They didn’t even have free lunches. I walked home from junior high eight blocks just because I didn’t have money to eat there. I didn’t have anything to eat back home, but at least I didn’t have to stand around and watch other people eat,” he said. Murphy said he remembers well the stigma and hardship of those times, but he also saw a good side in the world. “Men in the community — at St. Luke’s (United Methodist)...

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