It's a portrait series of graduating seniors Ariel, Shamyah, and Cheyenne, who have been a part of "Figure Skating in Harlem" since elementary school. I captured their summer before attending Howard University in Washington, D.C.
I'm in the industry and market where even when the whole industry is collapsing, we're expected as creatives to stay creative through it all. I'm trying to take as much time for myself as possible while working on projects.
I wanted to create a portrait series that says we among the queer Asian diaspora have the ability to crown ourselves and inhabit roles in which our value is celebrated, venerated, and adorned.
My mornings focus on what matters most to me: writing, reading, activism, thinking, working on my feature film. I also go on daily walks behind West Los Angeles College. The view over the LA skyline has never been more beautiful during this pandemic.
I was inspired by the lack of social interaction and intimacy everyone was experiencing on a global scale. I wanted to use the Pixel to explore the tiny glimpses of intimacy I experienced while social distancing in Maryland with my parents.
I've learned how to think outside the box and to make use of the things that are laying around in my house. Social distancing has also caused me to get back into self-portraiture since shooting other people isn't as easy at the moment.