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When it came to showing my feelings and emotions through artistic expression I was lacking immensely In a sense I was a very secretive and emotionless artist which made it easy for me to draw photograph or write about a given topic that I didnt necessarily have feelings for but at the same time I was acting as if I knew a lot about these things when I really knew little or nothing I was given an assignment to photograph death and I had two weeks to do it It seemed simple enough I figured I would go to a cemetery and take a picture of Headstone of some child who died from a horrible drunk driving accident or something of that sort So I did and thought nothing of it In the early morning of September 15 2000 my cousin who I was very close to had been found in an alley raped and murdered I was so angered when I found out I couldnt stop myself from crying for days and to make things worse the media slandered her name with ignorant lies as if they were trying to justify her death I remember goin to school that week not wanting to talk to anyone or do anything especially a photo assignment on a local band for my school newspaper - but I did it anyway On my way to the cafe where the band was playing I passed by the alley where my cousin was murdered I dont know what made me want to see the place where someone had been brutally murdered but when I did see it I was overwhelmed with feelings that I physically couldnt handle I fell against a wall and just sat there for a while thinking but not about my cousin I was thinking about how censored I was living my life and how I never put effort into anything I
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