The essence I embrace…
“My bone structure. I feel like I have really Indian features. Growing up, my strong, facial bone structure made me insecure, but as I got older I practiced self-love and embracing who I am,” Sana.
Embrace Your Essence was produced in 2015 and focused on young women's’ journeys toward self-love—defining what they find beautiful about themselves, rather than from the opinions of others. Many of the narratives included illnesses, challenges to meet Western standards of beauty, and quirks that once negatively affected their self-esteem. Some portraits included a prop that spoke to the subject’s aspirations, nationality, or upbringing that shaped their self-esteem for the better.
Eva Woolridge is a Black/Chinese-American photographer raised in South Orange, NJ and reside in Brooklyn, NY. She explores different paths of photography, and continue to produce work that transcends surface-level labels of people of color by conveying strength, perseverance, vulnerability, and vitality.
You can find more of her photography on her website ew.photos, and instagram @ewphotos1.