Humans of Homestead: September 2016

A weekly photojournalism series inspired by Brandon Stanton's "Humans of New York"

By Elizabeth Cook

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  • “I’m kind of on the edge for my literature class because on the one hand, I don’t want to offend my literature teacher, but on the other hand, I’m kind of not really into literature that just forces me to pick one book, like ‘This is what you’re going to read and this is what you’re going to do.’”

    Photo by Mark Lu

  • “[Will you give me any book recommendations?] Hmm, maybe. We’ll see.”

    Photo by Mark Lu

  • (1/2) “My first job was here. I tried to get a job up at Chico, but everyone wants to stay there, because it’s a cool town. So, I came back here because my parents lived here, and I was broke, so I got a job here because I was living at home for the first year, paying off debts. But then I met somebody, we ended up getting married, and we kind of just settled here. It’s kind of great.”

    Photo by Mark Lu

  • (2/2) “He actually would have asked me earlier, but he bought the engagement ring, and then he lost it. He lost it for like, 7 or 8 months, he couldn’t find it! And so he had to, like, tear the house apart, and he finally found it, and he asked me to marry him. And when he did, I was like, ‘Um, what took you so long.’ He asked me on Christmas Eve, under a big Christmas tree in Los Gatos. I was very surprised.”

    Photo by Mark Lu

  • (1/2) “I want to do college gymnastics. Right now, I’m in a level right under Elite, which is the level that goes to the Olympics, and you also have to be a U.S. citizen in order to do the Olympics for the U.S., but I’m actually an Indian citizen. So if I were to do it, I would do it for India.”

    Photo by Mark Lu

  • (2/2) “Last year, Nationals was in Montana, so it was kind of like, the middle of nowhere, but I got to visit America’s Fastest Ferris Wheel, so that was pretty cool. 11 miles per hour.”

    Photo by Mark Lu

  • (1/4) “I think the people around me were just playing music that I was so interested in. I grew up listening to Beyonce, Erykah Badu, and Justin Timberlake, and then about fourth grade, I discovered rap, and I started listening to ‘A Tribe Called Quest.’ I didn’t take rap seriously until I heard Kanye’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.’ I think that’s what started my interest in rap music, and since then, I’ve developed a love for it, you know?”

    Photo by Mark Lu

  • (2/4) “I met Kendrick Lamar. It was probably one of the greatest experiences of my life. Top 5, for sure. Also, seeing, talking to Tyler the Creator. It’s a funny story, actually. My freshmen year, I went to his pop-up store, I wasn’t expecting him to be there, right? But he was there, just sitting with his friends, and I was like, so nervous that I didn’t want to ask for a picture because like, there were people coming to him, shoving phones to his face like, ‘Ayo, Snapchat, Snapchat, look at me,’ and I didn’t want to be one of those people. And so I just minded my own business, looked at him for a minute, and walked away, and I then later met him in Santa Cruz. He complimented me, he goes, “Oh, that’s an old shirt you have, that’s one of my favorite shirts that I’ve ever designed.” And I was like, “Oh. Wow.” I was speechless. I was like, thank you, and then he went on and performed his set at Santa Cruz. That was the only time I’ve had a conversation with him.”

    Photo by Mark Lu

  • (3/4) “Justin Timberlake was one of the pop artists that I liked. Like, Justified, my aunt would always play that album in the car when she would drive me around, and I’ve loved that album ever since. I’ve been such a big fan. Favorite pop star, for sure.”

    Photo by Mark Lu

  • (4/4) “Top five? Justin Timberlake, Kendrick, Pharell, uh, Kanye, and Vince Staples.”

    Photo by Mark Lu

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