I Didn’t Come To Stay

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FINAL NOTATIONS

it will not be simple, it will not be long

it will take little time, it will take all your thought

it will take all your heart, it will take all your breath

it will be short, it will not be simple.

 

America, tonight I leave you.

I want to leave you in joy and peace and eloquence, but you have filled me up with words which are not fully formed. They fall from me in spurts, blurted, wild. I am grotesque in my incompleteness. I wasn’t always this way.

Here I made a home, in all its wholeness, and while I built it I forgot the mantra I should have kept close. I didn’t come to stay. Maya’s shield, my shield. I forgot, and fell in love.

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UC Davis Cheer Team

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Recently I had the huge pleasure of second-shooting for my friend, fellow Aggie photographer and UC cheerleader Abby, on her commission for the Davis Cheer Team. (What year at US college would be complete without acquiring a cheerleader for a best friend, after all?) We spent a very fun afternoon in the university arboretum taking the team’s new portraits, and trying out some stunts too! Thanks for such a great shoot girls, see you at the game!

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In the Studio

If there’s one thing I really love about the American college system it’s the opportunity to minor in a subject that isn’t my degree. This quarter I’ve been enjoying life as a bone fide art student and spending a lot of late nights in the basement darkroom. I’ll post some of my analogue work here soon, but for now I wanted to share these digital images from last week in the studio. I spent a few hours experimenting with light with my friends Eric and Misha. It’s been such a joy to learn alongside other students who are more knowledgable and just as passionate as I am about photography, to have access to all the resources available to art majors, and to collect a whole new skill set for my photographic toolbox. Huge thanks to Misha and Eric who hung around after class to model for me – they were naturals!

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