Good news this morning: my summer artist residency application in Havana, Cuba was ✨ACCEPTED✨! I will be spending the first half of July working on a photo project that has been simmering on the back burners of my mind for the last 3 years since my mother passed. I want to develop a series of photographs and text for a photo book about identity, place, and loss and I’m looking forward to immersing myself in work and the motherland.
Above image: A still from 4th of July in Highland Park, Los Angeles, 2011 (One year & one week ago today)
May I suggest that you listen to this sound bite while you read this blog post? It was recorded a year ago as my friends and I navigated by foot through my neighborhood of Westlake, a flurry of street fireworks launching around us.