This summer I'm studying archaeology at the University of Cambridge, and during a part of my time in London I'm staying with a local family. My hosts let me take pictures of their home, and believe me when I say, it's as cozy as it looks.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXAJwGUXnFM&feature=player_detailpage#t=14s Just finished filming this music video with director Cleary Clark for Nashville rapper Dee Goodz. Find "Accustomed" off of his mixtape The Introduction of Donald G. This kind of work was a nice change of pace from my usual stuff. More coming soon.
At 1 a.m. on April 13, two USC students were shot dead in an attempted carjacking at northwest of the university.
The night was the rainiest of the semester, and the following day, a quiet shock flooded the student body. Ming Qu and Ying Wu were graduate students from China. They were found dead at the scene. The suspect remains at large.
That night, the university held a vigil in their memory. As a way of honoring the victims in the best way I knew how, I felt compelled to photograph the vigil and share the photos with you.
The incident, which occurred 5 blocks from my apartment, has altered the way I think about my neighborhood and my university. USC makes a tremendous effort to protect its students, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the individual to protect themselves. The neighborhood is not unsafe, but no one is immune to tragedy.
It could have been any of us. Look out for each other, and most of all, look out for yourself.
In another shoot for POSE I had the opportunity to chat with Rozzi Crane, a USC student and Bay Area native who has become an emerging voice in pop music. She was recently featured on The Hunger Games soundtrack on this song with Maroon 5. She was also signed on to Adam Levine's record label, 222 Records. I still remember seeing her perform two years ago at a campus cafe, and it is great to see another student making incredible strides toward accomplishing her dream. Read the feature on her in the upcoming issue, coming out in May.