I’d like to start by thanking everyone who participated in this assignment—it’s been an especially humbling experience to be on the receiving end of such personal work from the Your Shot community.
Beyond technical proficiency, I looked for the execution of ideas and how moods were conveyed. I was drawn to images that made me stop and think or feel something. Whether it was through the use of props, incorporating loved ones or directly confronting the camera through bold self-portraits, these are the images that resonated most with me.
This assignment was not an easy one. The initial concept of photographing identity, which doesn’t always have a physical embodiment and is so open-ended, is certainly a challenge. But there’s also a vulnerability to this assignment.
This prompt wasn’t about just your vision as a photographer, but it was also insight to you as a person. Exposing oneself in such a manner, even if it’s through self-expression and on one’s own terms, can be incredibly daunting. Thank you for taking the risk and sharing parts of yourselves with our community.
Kholood Eid is a documentary photographer based in New York City. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, ESPN's The Undefeated and Refinery29, among other publications. When not working on assignment or personal projects, she's teaching photography to middle schoolers at the ...