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Longtime Bohemian and Pacific Sun contributor for 20 years, Rory McNamara has for the last 15 of those years been running the photography program at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa. The program provides a traditional photography experience replete with film processing and darkroom printing, as well as instruction in the use of modern digital cameras and editing software.

This holiday season, the Bohemian features work from this year from two Cardinal Newman students, Katerina Rahhal and Dyllan Knechtle. Their work can also be seen, alongside that of many other students, in the online arts and literary magazine, School Times, that Rory publishes for the school, at—the Editors

Katerina Rahhal


The morning was young and the streets were still sleeping before becoming alive. A handful of cars swept across the city, most likely sending people off to work or school. I had been on my way to school and was in need of my daily Snapchat streaks picture. My phone camera was positioned at the window as I waited to capture a decent picture. Sometimes, it requires patience; others take mere seconds. A pregnant moment had passed before I had caught this one. Satisfied, I sent it off.


Joyful screams tear through the air at the Sonoma County Fair. Smells waft from food stands as people hurriedly pass through the crowd, mumbling a "Sorry" or "Excuse me" every now and then. Those boarding the rides show a variety of emotions. Some shake nervously; others throw their hands up in excitement. The day radiates happiness!


Cheers erupt from the student section as the Cardinal Newman football team scurries across the field. Although the evening has taken on a cold bite, fans refuse to dim their enthusiasm. Energy circulates through the bleachers—the community has come together once again, creating a beautiful presence and sense of family.


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