What is Bokeh Focus?


Bokeh comes from the Japanese word boke (ボケ), which means “blur.”

A great photographer can make even a blur pleasing to the eye. In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur particularly pertaining to the unfocused background.

Bokeh Focus: Our Website

Our website, Bokeh Focus, was created and is published by the nonprofit Center for Sustainable Journalism (CSJ) to bring attention to those individuals — specifically youth —  in the blurred background of our culture. 

Teen Hangout Baton Rouge: Girls laughing while sitting on the front porch cement steps with graffiti on the walls behind them at the old abandoned while house.
Teen girls Williams and Brown go to the white house nearly every day.
From our gallery: “Baton Rouge: That White House On the Corner”
Photo: Clarissa Sosin

Youth Photos, Youth Focus: We are a platform for professional, amateur, and youth photographers to showcase photography of youth and the world through the eyes of youth from around the world.

On Bokeh Focus, you will find the work of professional photographers, young photographers and artists that express the way they see the world and the issues that take priority in their lives. All these beautiful images are produced by individuals who actively explore their creativity with a passion.

Youth as its subject — with the artistic expression left to the photographer’s imagination —  is the common thread in the galleries and stories of the up-and-coming photojournalists, young photographers and artists we feature on Bokeh Focus. We encourage these talented, hardworking people to collaborate with each other and support each other in their creative endeavors. 

@Bokeh_Focus: Our Instagram

Many of the galleries and stories you see here are also posted on our Instagram account, @Bokeh_Focus. Be sure to check out all our Instagram posts and follow us! If you have pix you want us to see, tag them with @Bokeh_Focus. They will be entered into our Photographer of the Week contest. Be sure to tell your friends to follow us & vote for you!

Share Your Work on Bokeh Focus

Do you think your photo essay, photography or art is what we are looking for at Bokeh Focus? Tag your pix on Instagram with @Bokeh_Focus to enter them in our Photographer of the Week contest. Every month a Photographer of the Month is voted on and featured on @Bokeh_Focus and here on this website! We look forward to seeing your creative work!

Explore Our Sister Websites Published by the CSJ

The nonprofit Center for Sustainable Journalism aims to discover innovative ways to produce financially sustainable, high quality and ethically sound journalism via applied research, collaborations and advancing innovative projects.

Our two sister publications are Youth Today and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. Both sites publish stories that cover many different topic areas and have extensive resource hubs that include free downloads! You can stay up-to-date on new stories by signing up for each site’s free newsletters. In our Bokeh Focus Stories section, we republish photojournalism selections from our sister sites we know will be interesting to our readers.

Youth Today name with white logo on lime green

Youth Today is the only independent, internationally distributed digital media publication that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today adheres to high-quality journalistic standards, providing readers with professional news coverage dedicated to examining a wide spectrum of complex issues in the youth services industry from legislation to community-based youth work.

With our national coverage, Youth Today documents the business of starting, operating and evaluating programs in areas such as juvenile justice, foster care, mentoring, substance abuse, sexual behavior, after-school, youth employment and overall youth development. Other issues covered include child welfare, college and careers, gang and violence prevention, adolescent health, teen pregnancy and parenting, mentoring programs and best practices.

JJIE.org white text on red squareThe Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) is the only publication covering juvenile justice and related issues nationally on a consistent, daily basis.

In the past, traditional journalism organizations filled this function. Today, due to shrinking resources, there are large gaps in that coverage. The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange fills the void.

Focused not just on delivering information, but rather on an “exchange” of ideas, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange fosters a community of support around the issues facing the youth of our country.