Last Wednesday, I put a simple question to Norman Bryson: Who is the last person you met with before coming to this photo shoot. Aimee Harlib, he said.

(She’s) a very fabulous artist and art historian, who just put up a show on motherhood last night in the space here. She is juggling being a mother and being fabulous and being a very good writer about contemporary art. I was talking to her — she’s just inspiring. You know some people, you think: Oh yes. Yeah! Life is worth living.

After spending an hour photographing Aimee, it’s hard not to agree with Norman. She’s an artist, a scholar, a mother and a former drummer. She’s also very comfortable with the camera — a relief for any photographer.

Following our shoot, I asked Aimee a series of questions. Her answers will lead me to the next installation of the San Diego People Project, which will appear next Wednesday. For now, get to know Aimee a bit better:

Name: Aimee Harlib

Age: 33

Part of town: “La Jolla. But not like La Jolla, fancy La Jolla. More like by UTC.”

Occupation:: Intern at women’s center at UCSD and full time student

What’s the biggest challenge facing San Diego?

It’s so hard cause it can go in so many different directions. I’ll bring it back to this area of UCSD and what’s been going on in diversifying our student body and with all the budget cuts, I mean it really affects everything — all the programs in the state and in the county. Basically, our student body is mainly white and Asian. There’s not a lot more diversity than that and, so, that’s a big problem. Also, the fact that a lot of our state programs are being cut.


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