First published in the June 17 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.
A photograph taken by Jayden Tran, a junior at South Pasadena High School, has been selected to be part of an exhibit focusing on resilience, sponsored by the Autry Museum of the American West.
The photo, titled “Raising Resilience,” is of Tran’s aunt named Kim and her young son named Kai. It was taken at his grandmother’s house in San Gabriel.
“I thought it was really evocative of lots of emotion,” Tran said.
Tran said he enjoys photography because it lets him express himself. “I feel like I’m often looking for a lot of outlets and ways to really find myself and my own identity,” he said.
He felt the image captured motherhood, which is often portrayed as beautiful and elegant. “My aunt, especially, isn’t very much that, but more the realistic side of motherhood, where you see a sense of, not exasperation, but of tire, but also of love,” he said.
He took the photo as a part of an advanced-placement class he took this past school year.
Tran said he doesn’t plan to pursue photography as a career, but will continue do it more as a “passion.” He wants to one day be an attorney or a politician, with an emphasis on doing good in the world and helping others.
The Autry’s virtual exhibit will be on display beginning July 15. To view it, visit theautry.org and click on “exhibitions.”