I recently went on a day trip to San Francisco to check out the SF State campus and just chill/shop with my parents. I used half a roll of film, and then I came home and used the other half of the roll while hanging out with my friends in Santa Cruz. While I’m not graduating this year, visiting the place I aspire to live in the future made me reflect on how I still have to live in a town that I do not particularly enjoy for over another year. I tend to talk negatively about Santa Cruz, using cliché phrases such as, “Ugh, I hate everyone in this town,” or “I feel so stuck here.” When this particular roll of film was developed and returned to me, the pictures really showed me how I see the two particular cities: old and new, past and future. They made me see that this final stretch, this last year of high school in my hometown before moving should not be talked about negatively or taken for granted whatsoever. I want this photoset to be interpreted as a sort of a photo album, both literally and metaphorically. To have a record of time still living in my hometown, but also to start seeing a little glimpse of the upcoming future. Cute stickers for childhood, my handwriting for the time stamp, and pictures from both cities.
Makena Buzzard is a high school junior living in the small surf town of Santa Cruz, California. She has been playing roller derby for one of the top teams in the country for over half her life, and she likes to take her camera with her wherever she goes.