Leica Women Foto Project 2019 Awardee
Eva Woolridge (she/her) is an African-American/Chinese-American photographer residing in Brooklyn, New York. Her photo series explore the sexual, spiritual, and emotional nature of femininity. In her work she transcends surface-level labels of people of color by conveying strength, perseverance, vulnerability and vitality using strong lighting and composition.
Her first photo essay was entitled “Peeled Paint,” produced in 2014, and it conveyed her understanding of the human ego and spirituality.
Upon graduating from University of Maryland, College Park, Woolridge completed her second social-consciousness narrative called “Embrace Your Essence.” Produced in 2015, the series focused on young women’s journeys toward self-love—defining what they find beautiful about themselves. Many of the narratives included illnesses, challenges to meet Western standards of beauty, and quirks that once negatively affected their self-esteem.
Woolridge continues to use visual narratives to convey a tone of a new, inclusive wave of feminine energy through her gaze as a queer woman of color, while commenting on the social & cultural conditions of her communities.