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Fourth Grade Teacher turned Photographer celebrates Black History Month

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Albany, Georgia (WALB)-The work of grade 4 teachers is shared nationwide, including southwestern Georgia.

Terans Sims turned from a teacher to a photographer when he decided to give them the power of color by putting them in pictures of black icons.

Milwaukee-based Sims said the photography project is of great significance to both him and his students.

“When I’m walking with a purpose, I think it’s a different way of life, so this really shaped the way I move and see things. And the way I act, it’s very big for me. I know it’s a thing and it’s great for kids, “Sims said.

Terrance Sims – Photographer and Educator(Terrance Sims – Photographer)

The Sims recreated the timeless photo of the black icon with the help of his students. And it all started 5 years ago.

“I was a 4th grade teacher, but the students were trying to find a more exciting way to learn. And one thing I noticed was that they were just glued to their phone. So I was wondering what I could do with a phone that would make them more excited.

Sim’s photography career was born out of a desire to find ways to continue to provide an attractive learning environment for students.

A fourth-grade teacher who turned into a photographer celebrates Black History Month by recreating something symbolic ...
A fourth grade teacher turns into a photographer and celebrates Black History Month by recreating iconic black photographs.(Terrance Sims – Photographer)

“I started working with kids doing like rap songs, and they did the beats they like with some lyrics you may sometimes hear the kids screaming Reproduce. And came in paying someone and they charged like a really crazy price, and I said, “If you’re going to keep paying this, I can’t do this again. “So I had to learn those skills myself, so I can keep doing it in the classroom,” Sims said.

The Sims thought the students needed to be cheered up due to the lack of representatives.

“I was already using a camera at the time because there aren’t many positive things that show me or someone similar to my age, so I just started with that hidden person and did it with my kids. I thought it was cool to recreate it, and it’s just like taking off from there, “Sims said.

A fourth-grade teacher who turned into a photographer celebrates Black History Month by recreating something symbolic ...
A fourth grade teacher turns into a photographer and celebrates Black History Month by recreating iconic black photographs.(Terrance Sims – Photographer)

The photograph inspired by the hidden person became viral and attracted national attention. His students were introduced inside the Good Morning America and the National Basketball Association (NBA).

“One of the students even had the opportunity to meet former First Lady Michelle Obama after seeing a reenactment of the cover of her book’Becoming’,” Sims said. To live forever and to cherish it. ”

A fourth-grade teacher who turned into a photographer celebrates Black History Month by recreating something symbolic ...
A fourth grade teacher turns into a photographer and celebrates Black History Month by recreating iconic black photographs.(Terrance Sims – Photographer)

The Sims recently opened his own photo studio, what are your plans for the future of The Sims?

“So this year we’re excited to turn it from photography into a full-fledged book so that people can read and learn about both figures and students,” Sims said.

Sims says he’s aiming for his art cross-country in the near future.

A fourth-grade teacher who turned into a photographer celebrates Black History Month by recreating something symbolic ...
A fourth grade teacher turns into a photographer and celebrates Black History Month by recreating iconic black photographs.(Terrance Sims – Photographer)

You can find him to connect with Terans Sim Facebook Also on Instagram @ simsstrong.

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