Ode to my first year in NYC.Read More
The past 4 years have flown by at NC State. It's weird knowing that I don't have to worry about preparing for school in the fall. This feeling is bittersweet and I am anxious to see where I will go next. I took these photos for me. I haven't been in front of the camera in awhile and thought it would be more personal to cherish this achievement of graduation through film. With the help of my friend Ace, I had a lax shoot in some of my favorite spots: Leazar Hall (where the majority of my classes were) and the Handee Hugo (where I bought late night snacks and maybe a 40 to relieve some stress). I will miss this time of my life but it is time to grow a little more.
Click through my weird short journal (I do stuff like this during "free time"):
Photos by Ace Henderson
Weekend trip to NOLA. Refreshing and rooted.Read More
I experience the same grounded and almost spiritual feeling every time I set foot in my mother's hometown. Often missed in a blink of an eye while driving down the highway, Eastover brings back great memories of my cousins and I playing through the woods and on the rocky dirt roads. Things have changed and people barely have time to make it back but on Labor Day I was able to see a few of my relatives. My uncles still loved beer, my aunt still grew pears and muscadines, and my nephews still tried their best to get me to tackle them. While indulging in freshly fried fish and bread, hot sauce and mustard I easily forgot about the outside world. It was just so refreshing to be around family in such a familiar place with great sentimental value.
Throwing little themed soirees at my apartment is slowly becoming one of my favorite pastimes. I try to throw something every month for just to have fun with close friends and provide a different "party" scene for NC State by incorporating a theme and decorating.
September's theme was Tree + Tequila. Initially an innuendo, guest were surprised by being surrounded by live trees and forest-like decorations along with Tequila being the only drink available accompanied with limes.
I document these parties via disposable camera. The pics are below:
At this point I had been in New York City for over 4 weeks. I visited and toured areas like Flatbush and Williamsburg in Brooklyn and even made my way to Coney Island but I hadn't set foot on the westside of Central Park. I was staying in Harlem so I simply took the C train to 81st St. and walked across Central Park eventually entering the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest museum in the United States and host of the famous Met Gala. I walked up the crowded steps of this magnificent wonderland, payed 2 dollars and got lost in history. Just some iPhone pictures:
My last few days in New York were whining down but there were a few parts of Manhattan that I hadn't reached yet. A friend working in Nolita recommended that were venture Chinatown after she got off work. I had these preconception of Chinatown from others that often discussed the smells, weird food, and angry Chinese elders that usually charged you more if you didn't look like them. I was ready to take on this little cultural enclave and of course I had both my digital and film camera by my side. I present you with CHINATOWN, a mini collection of Chinatown's color, people and culture through my eyes.
My love for nonconventional surfaces never stops. While browsing around in the "Utility Fabric" section I came across a roll of clear plastic vinyl. I couldn't help to just get a yard to play around with! This is just the beginning of a new collection!