My name is Xandra Yugto, and I came to Youth in Focus in an artistic slump. I didn’t really know what to create, so I wanted guidance. I got a lot of guidance here! Other than photography, I love filmmaking, drawing, and poetry. I think my art is one of my best representations of myself. I like to create art because it gives me a way to express myself in a way that doesn’t have to be so direct. And I have three photos to show you today!
My name is Xandra Y., and I came to Youth in Focus in an artistic slump. I didn’t really know what to create, so I wanted guidance. I got a lot of guidance here! Other than photography, I love filmmaking, drawing, and poetry. I think my art is one of my best representations of myself. I like to create art because it gives me a way to express myself in a way that doesn’t have to be so direct. And I have three photos to show you today!
My self-portrait reminds me a lot about strength. In August, it will be a year since I started pole dancing and this photo reminds me of how far I’ve come. I couldn’t do this on the first day that I started and I worked really hard to get here and I’m grateful for my instructors Ascendance Pole & Aerial Arts. It’s been a really long journey of bruises and making mistakes, but at the end of the day- I’m reminded that despite my mistakes, I have accomplished a lot with all the practice I am doing. On top of that, I love the studio where I take pole lessons at. I even started working there recently. I think that being a part of a community that accepts me as I am is really important to me.
This image is of my Lola which is Tagalog for Grandma! My Lola started living with my family a couple months ago, she used to live in California- and I’m really grateful for her. She does a lot for the family, whenever I leave home my Lola always tells me to take care. My family is really important to me. This image was at Seattle Center- on mother’s day, I got to take my entire family including my mom, dad, sister, and Lola to the Chihuly Glass museum because I actually got tickets from CCC! This internship has given me so many opportunities to make new experiences with my loved ones. It was a beautiful experience and I really love this photo of my Lola because she looks really happy and overall this picture is very lively.
I really loved this image, because of the emotion. Of the joy. I want to end this internship full of a lot of joy for the experience and all of the people I got to meet. Because of this internship, I got to be a photographer for ACT Theater’s annual Gala- and I am so so grateful for this opportunity. It is a significant memory. I have never been to a gala event before, and my favorite performance was definitely these dancers- they danced and the whole room lit up.
It was so elegant and beautiful. And as a dancer myself- I want to show love to the dance community! I hope to be a photographer for more events in the future because I love to photograph experiences that become beautiful memories.
I’m really going to miss this program and everyone here- because everyone has been so supportive. I learned a lot here from the teaching artists, Ronnie, Meg, & Dene. And I can’t believe that it is already ending. In the future, I’m going to create more art, and I hope to have a lot more meaningful experiences like this internship. Thank you so much for the opportunity to be here and to everyone for taking the time to come here! All student work is available for purchase! Contact us to order.