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 non-profit Center for Sustainable Journalism (CSJ) to bring attention to those individuals – specifically youth –  in the blurred background of our culture. 

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

Here at 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 dominant in their lives. All these high-quality images are produced by photographers and artists who know the science behind the trade and practice it with a passion every day. 

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 and hardworking photographers to 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.

Share Your Work on Bokeh Focus

Do you think your photo essays, photography or art is what we are looking for at Bokeh Focus? Contact us today and send us some examples of your work. We can discuss sharing your work on our website and on our Instagram. If you are interested we can consider your personal story for a featured interview on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

Explore Our Sister Websites Published by the CSJ

The non-profit 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.

Here are our two sister publications, Youth Today and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. Both sites cover many topic areas with extensive resource hubs including free downloads! You can stay up-to-date on new stories by signing up for each site’s free newsletters.

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.