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The Photographer’s Domain | Que The Lights
I’ve lived in California on and off throughout my life. Once when I was seven. The second time when I was ten years old, and now I’m back as twenty-two years young working on my master’s in Los Angeles at USC. 
Whenever I come out to California to visit I always find myself influenced by the current trend of music culminating from the West Coast. I was out here a summer or so ago when YC and The New Boys were the current trend (which was horrible honestly), but coming back the strongest individualistic representation of Cali, for the moment, is Kendrick Lamar (a less significant second being Dom Kennedy).
Kendrick’s verbal word play, and affinity for storytelling reminds of The West Coast’s golden age of hip hop, which hasn’t been represented well until recently. The reason I chose to make this GIF (please watch the full version HERE)  is because of Kendrick’s overreaching theme of the struggle of womanhood. This video does not represent the better side of Kendrick, but if you listen to his work (Section 80, Overly Dedicated) you’ll find yourself hearing a multitude of references dealing with the struggle of identity, perception, and the abuse of woman. You’ll hear the name Tammy, but most specifically Sherane. 
Her name popping up in red is not a coincidence, and watching this scene, if you look further into it (beyond the voluptuous gyrating of homegirl’s booty) I believe you can find an ironic, almost cringe-worthy feel to this part. 
Kendrick never moves. He just looks straight into the camera the entire time. The name and text, Sherane, only comes on screen when the woman turns her head so you can see her face. It goes away the second she turns away from the camera symbolizing the concurrent humanization and dehumanization of a woman and her body. 
Most tellingly, the clip in the video goes on FOR SO LONG. I’ve been taught, as a filmmaker, nothing you see on screen is done without a purpose. I may be wrong, but in most music videos you never see a clip of a woman twerking for such an extended period of time. It’s unheard of. 
I think this is an underlying testament of emphasizing the inherent problems mitigated from our misuse of woman in music videos. The clip is suppose to be long, uncomfortable, awkward, yet informative. 
Or maybe I’m reading into it too much, and Kendrick just wanted a long clip of a woman shaking her ass while he looked badass. 
Go figure. 

The Photographer’s Domain | Que The Lights

I’ve lived in California on and off throughout my life. Once when I was seven. The second time when I was ten years old, and now I’m back as twenty-two years young working on my master’s in Los Angeles at USC. 

Whenever I come out to California to visit I always find myself influenced by the current trend of music culminating from the West Coast. I was out here a summer or so ago when YC and The New Boys were the current trend (which was horrible honestly), but coming back the strongest individualistic representation of Cali, for the moment, is Kendrick Lamar (a less significant second being Dom Kennedy).

Kendrick’s verbal word play, and affinity for storytelling reminds of The West Coast’s golden age of hip hop, which hasn’t been represented well until recently. 

The reason I chose to make this GIF (please watch the full version HERE)  is because of Kendrick’s overreaching theme of the struggle of womanhood. This video does not represent the better side of Kendrick, but if you listen to his work (Section 80, Overly Dedicated) you’ll find yourself hearing a multitude of references dealing with the struggle of identity, perception, and the abuse of woman. You’ll hear the name Tammy, but most specifically Sherane. 

Her name popping up in red is not a coincidence, and watching this scene, if you look further into it (beyond the voluptuous gyrating of homegirl’s booty) I believe you can find an ironic, almost cringe-worthy feel to this part. 

Kendrick never moves. He just looks straight into the camera the entire time. The name and text, Sherane, only comes on screen when the woman turns her head so you can see her face. It goes away the second she turns away from the camera symbolizing the concurrent humanization and dehumanization of a woman and her body. 

Most tellingly, the clip in the video goes on FOR SO LONG. I’ve been taught, as a filmmaker, nothing you see on screen is done without a purpose. I may be wrong, but in most music videos you never see a clip of a woman twerking for such an extended period of time. It’s unheard of. 

I think this is an underlying testament of emphasizing the inherent problems mitigated from our misuse of woman in music videos. The clip is suppose to be long, uncomfortable, awkward, yet informative. 

Or maybe I’m reading into it too much, and Kendrick just wanted a long clip of a woman shaking her ass while he looked badass. 

Go figure. 

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