“We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality, we create it to be able to stay.”         – Lynda Barry




project plans

For the long exposure project my class is doing, I plan to attempt as many types of long exposure photography as I can. I especially want to get ghost, silhouette, and light graffiti shots. This Friday, a bunch of students from the class and I are going to go on a hike to get some cool photos. I’m excited to see how it goes.

Day 2- Ghosting

For these photos, we experimented with different amounts of light and shutter speed. I like the blurry effect it leaves and want to mess with this more in the future.

img_2235img_2244 thanks to our lovely model for bringing out her inner witch >:)

messing with long exposure

Our photography class did a long exposure project. Before this, I didn’t know how to use long exposure, but now I can apply this to my photography in the future. My group had a lot of ideas, not of which went as planned, but we still got some cool shots. I learned more about how cameras function, and how to use them. It helped me figure out how different shutter speeds, apertures, and exposures affect photos. I like this first photo a lot, and want to try to take more like this with the shadows.


Yumna Al-Arashi

Yumna Al-Arashi was born in 1988, and grew up in Washington D.C. with her father, a diplomat from Yemen. She attended college at The New School in New York, studying politics with a focus on the Middle East. She is currently based in Los Angeles and New York. Though she is not super well-known, she is recognized by many major organizations, such as VSCO, National Geographic Abu Dhabi, the US Department of State Office of Art in Embassies, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, and Forbes Magazine. She has not studied photography and is self-taught. Her main focus is photojournalism. Yumna uses her work to show her heritage is a positive light and show the reality of the people living in the Middle East, and to empower women with portraits emphasizing the female body and sexuality. Her photography ranges from candid portraits, to landscapes, to fashion, but she has a unique style that is easily recognized throughout her work.

“I play in a lot of different  arenas- activism, feminism, fine art, fashion, politics, travel.
They all feed off of each other in strange ways for me, and there’s always new things to
learn and create. I can’t imagine only stepping foot in one world; I love expanding my
knowledge, allowing different things to inspire and influence me. We have all these
resources at our fingertips, how could you not? Life would be so dull if you didn’t take
the time to learn about and indulge in the world around you.”
– Yumna Al-Arashi