Through Our Eyes – 10/3/17

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Best of the best:

Reggie Gough, 58, brushes the dirt off one of his horses before going on a ride in Franklin, Ky., on a Tuesday afternoon. “This horse has broken my collar bone, stepped on my hand, and kicked me in the face. I called her Suzy but I nickname her Bull. She’s my favorite horse but I swear the last time she injured me I had to strain myself to not put her down,” Reggie Gough said. | Michael Blackshire

Honorable mention:

Reggie Gough rides his horse Suzy while his other horse Mustang stays close with a halter carrying the horses to their resting stop. “I’m not a cowboy, I’m a horseman,” said Gough. “Cowboy’s chase cows, I make sure horses have tender hooves and a sore back, plus black man are afraid of ropes.” |Michael Blackshire

Bernard Djuma grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and after moving the Bowling Green, Ky., joined BG Projects United, a local soccer team for African refugees. The team was started three years ago and is sponsored by the Housing Authority of Bowling Green and Christ Fellowship Church. |Skyler Ballard

Dawson stands in his backyard in Edmondson County, Kentucky. Nearby, his mother and father take turns watching Dawson and his little brother Alex as they jump on the trampoline together and fight over who gets to ride their shared scooter. The boys have been in foster care with the Webb-Thomas family for three years. In just a week, the family will find out in court if they will become permanent guardians of the brothers or if they will return to their biological parents. Shot on 120 film. |Morgan Hornsby

Members of Bowling Green Projects United, a local soccer team for African refugees, practice for an upcoming game. The team, which ranges from elementary to high school players, was started by Daniel Tarnagda as a way for the the members to integrate into the community. |Skyler Ballard

Running back Jakairi Moses #29 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers dives into the end zone to score a touchdown against Ball State on September 23, 2017 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. |Shaban Athuman

Members of Bowling Green Projects United, a local soccer team for African refugees, practice for an upcoming game. The team, which ranges from elementary to high school players, was started by Daniel Tarnagda as a way for the the members to integrate into the community. |Skyler Ballard

My sister Natalie and her Imogen. “When I take her down to the water’s edge, when I hold her tiny foot in the cold, and clear, when I stand in it and splash for her entertainment, all the waters from all these histories collide. From the puddle of amniotic fluid that soaked my toes in the hospital to the puddles I couldnÕt hop over while pregnant, from the laboring hallucinations and flashbacks to the contractions like waves, from the obsidian pools of her eyes just opening to her searching, piercing expressions, all water flows to the lowest point. ImogenÕs eyes dig into me, hollowing and filling me. Her eyes, like whetstones on which I must drag my meanings and hone my understanding, ask and ask and ask. Water always flows to the deepest place.” ÐNatalie. Shot on 120 film. |Gabe Sacrlett

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