Just the other day, rapper Bas, just dropped his new single “Fried Rice” using my photo. Granted, they put their own artistic spin on it to have his name on the take out box. No matter. I was hyped and today I wake up realizing how all the random things in my life are coming into formation. From being a confused kid studying screenwriting in film school. To traveling abroad to studying Chinese in Taiwan and deciding to pursue photography in NYC. To getting burnt out and moving back home with my parents and pursuing my personal projects, my style, to Barely Evolved Apes, to feeling lost again and having to find faith in myself again. In me, my signature, and being able to finally look at it all and realize, hey, I’m actually coming into myself. All these random things in my life. The detours. The conversations. The rejections. The ignored messages. They all worked to get me where I am today. And I’m excited. I can only see the vague silhouette of where I’m going to be, but I see it in the distance now, and it’s greater than anything I could’ve ever imagined.
Here’s the original photo, from my series, “Welcome Home”:
by Jason Lam