September 24, 2022
  • 12:08 pm Fall Convocation 2022: “The State of this University is Strong”
  • 9:37 pm Ogrin Brings the Thunder in Toros 12-3 rout; team plays for playoff championship tomorrow
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 1:22 pm THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE BULLETIN IS HERE
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 12:02 pm AAPI Students Protest During Fall Convocation
  • 11:00 am Notes from the Bullpen: Women’s Soccer
  • 6:48 pm First issue of Bulletin, Fall 2022
  • 7:54 pm Staff Editorial

Self Portrait on CSUDH Campus. Photo by Gabriel Anthony Gomez. 

By Gabriel Anthony Gomez, Staff Reporter

When people think of photography, they often think of iconic portraits or landscapes. Although those aspects are incorporated within photography, for me this art is something much more personal. It is a way to express myself and communicate with others. Using an instrument as a vehicle to be able to transcend time and offer a reflection to others in a way that all of us are familiar with, a photograph. Memories that we cherish for a lifetime is what drives me to capture and hopefully inspire. 

I remember the first time I became captivated by photography, it was a feeling that after almost 22 years later I could not forget. When I was five years old, I was mesmerized by the album cover of “Promise” by Sade, an English Jazz and Soul artist. It invoked a serene yet mysterious mood and reflected the soundscape of the album. I wondered how a photographer was able to translate an artist’s message or theme through a visual medium.

At seven years old, I began taking pictures of nature, animals and people with a Canon AE-1 film camera and a Sony digital camera. Suddenly, I found myself taking pictures of anything that I found remotely intriguing. I submitted my photos in an elementary school contest and ended up winning. Although art is subjective, it felt nice to be seen. 

As I continued to take photographs, I became more enveloped in the act of being able to hide behind a viewfinder and seeing the world through rectangles or squares. I was able to control my journey one frame at a time. I began to use my camera as a way to hide myself from whom I interacted with as a means of being more comfortable interacting with them. 

Over the years, I began using my equipment as a bridge between myself and being able to communicate with others in a very pure fashion. Taking photos and speaking to those in front of the camera, helped me to create a deeper connection between two humans.. 

My camera allowed me to be myself in real time and in turn, the people that I have captured on film also understand this vulnerability. In a world that is so fast paced, slowing things down allows myself and others to be more present and breathe a little deeper. 

While I have spent many years using a digital camera, I always found it lacking any depth or connection to the human experience for me. The thing with film photography, especially medium format, is that the process does take longer. People may be aware of this, but until they experience it firsthand, it does not compare to digital photography. By slowing things down, we are able to take what might seem as awkward lapses of time and just be present. 

What makes film photography so special to me is the opportunity of random interaction. If a person approaches me on the street while I’m taking photos, I am able to open up, create and share an experience with them. One time while I was out on a photo walk in Palm Springs, a woman walked across the street towards me while she was out for a morning stroll. She quickly came up and asked if what I was holding was a Hasselblad 500C/M, a type of camera that takes pictures in a 6×6 square format. This model offers a unique perspective for taking photographs compared to the typical rectangular format. 

Immediately, I could see her eyes light up as if all her memories came flooding in at once. “My dad used to take pictures of our family and we had such a blast,” she said. As I watched the woman hold it in her hands, I could see her being brought back to those precise moments in time as she smiled fondly at the camera.

To find a spark of joy with friends or complete strangers is the most meaningful thing I could ever ask to experience in my lifetime. Witnessing someone transported through decades of memories because of a film camera truly speaks to my soul. As I continue to pursue my passion and learn, I will always carry the memories created by the people and places I have encountered. In time, I hope to reflect on the past in the same ways as those who have shared their own moments of vulnerability reminiscing with me.

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