This is Neda, one of my closest friends who I met during my time at UCSD. I was fortunate to take her senior portraits at the end of the school year. She told me that she wanted her pictures to capture her time on campus. She didn't necessarily want to pose with all of the campus landmarks. This photo session was about her and the way she knew her school.
Neda majored in Studio Art, and she certainly has a way with colors and playing with medium. Our friendship started in Triton Television, a student film service/organization; we were just acquaintances there. Our real friendship started last summer when she needed a place to sleep for a night. She messaged me on Facebook and asked if she could crash on my couch, and of course, I said yes. When she came over, we hung out that evening and the next day in Solana Beach. The rest is history...
She has been there for me during the ups and downs, especially during this time of transition. When I felt too bogged down with life earlier this year, she helped me get out of my funk. She told me, "Just make something. It doesn't have to be perfect. Just do it; I know it's in you." I love how she faces her challenges with art straight on. When it comes to painting a canvas--whether an actual canvas, a rock or a human--she is bold and passionate. It shows in her work.
One thing that I learned from Neda is to be brave and just express myself without worry or insecurity. Art is about process, not just the final product.
Check out Neda's artwork here and her video work here.
My thoughts, writings, and experiments. Big or small. They're here.