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Visualizing Your Identity

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Published Apr 18, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 27 Contributors

    28 photos selected by

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    It was our family trip to the kanera hill station. We had never visited that place before so we w...

    #people #travel #family

    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.

    I love bright light but I prefer being in the shadow; I love flower gardens but in winter I enjoy...

    #flowers #shadows #selfportrait #tulips #vase #still_life #visualizing_your_identity

    Editor's Note

    Between the gorgeous light, creative approach and dreamy color palette, this is a knockout image.

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    It isn't always obvious - your identity as a mother. It's clouded by expectations, demands and sl...

    #motherhood

    Editor's Note

    There's a surreal and mysterious element to this scene that immediately draws me in. This image would be so calm with that gesture holding the baby were it not for that gust of wind (or gentle shak... More

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    The lyrics from The Monster by Eminem and Rhianna resonate: "I'm friends with the monster that's ...

    #nikon #fear #monster #35mm #identity #self_portrait #black__and_white #d750 #hollyanissa

    Editor's Note

    Effective use of so much darkness and negative space to add tension to the image. The soft light hitting half your face adds to the feeling of vulnerability you're trying to convey (according to yo... More

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    Just about every night of the year I go for short walk along our rural road before going to bed. ...

    #moon #night #nature #moonlight #solitude

    Editor's Note

    Lovely image—eery and serene at the same time. The light you're holding is crucial for providing a separation between you/the path/the rest of the darkness, so good job with that. And that long exp... More

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    I grew up with Barbie dolls and had a love/hate relationship with them. The thing I was most jea...

    Editor's Note

    So many women have a complex relationship with aspects of their physical appearance, especially in the age of mass consumerism that can be overwhelming and beauty ideals that can seem unattainable.... More

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    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.

    When planning for the future, I often feel overwhelmed by the number of paths I could choose to f...

    #plans #excitement #overwhelmed #anxiety #julialuckett #careerstories

    Editor's Note

    Really like the theatrical element in this simple, strange scene. Between the awkward slumped position of your body and the eery lighting, there's a haunting element that certainly lends to the fee... More

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    A portrait of my sister and I

    #sisters #family #familyportrait #gingerhair

    Editor's Note

    Such intimacy and grace captured in this image. Interesting approach with the framing—there's a s... More

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    When I look into the eyes of my children I see my reflection. I see my love. I see my strength. I...

    #baby #birth #babyboy #homebirth

    Self-portrait with one of my four daughters. Being mother to 2,5 years old twins means BE HERE an...

    #blackandwhite #twins

    how do I see myself through a photograph... patient, focused and sometimes tricky

    #home #portrait #croatia #love #blackandwhite #grandfather

    Editor's Note

    Lovely, pensive portrait of someone close to you. It's a special thing when we can see a part of ourselves in someone else. I'm glad you filled so much of the frame with your grandfather because it... More

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    I have been a parent for 13 years now. I honestly don't remember what it feels like to not be a ...

    #child #reflection #mirror #humor #motherhood #identity #motherdaughter

    Editor's Note

    Nice use of frame within a frame here—that positioning works well. Whimsical and sweet.

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.

    #music #people #greece #portraits #athens #rap #streetphotography #1969tm #negrostoumoria #mpesa

    I am a person that likes to keep to myself . I open up only to those people who I feel very close...

    #abstract #water #people #portrait

    As the sea level rises, it is a tremendous impact on the lives of all sentient beings. I worry if...

    #sea #environment_change #polang

    Editor's Note

    A body laying so bare feels appropriate in such a barren scene—especially considering your emphasis on the vulnerability of the environment. The negative space allows my eyes to wander and adds to ... More

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    Alone or not?

    #hands #selfportrait #black1white

    Editor's Note

    I really like the starkness of this image. The harsh light, harsh shadow, clenched fingers and facelessness all work so well together here. "Alone or not?" is the question you pose. I think that tr... More

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    (Life)line of myself, my way, my body, my identity. It shows how far I have come with my own bu...

    #abstract #people #women #light #life #human #shadow #love #body #blackandwhite #line #explore #lineart

    Editor's Note

    I love the subtlety of this image. The outline of your body makes me think of a horizon out in de... More

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    Pietro Gargini, violin maker in Pistoia ------ Series "Identity" 2015,2016 When I see somebody in...

    #violin #identity #pistoia #francescatorracchi #violinmaker #identityseries

    I see things differently.

    #woman #red #people #portraits #style #individuality #visualizingyouridentity

    It´s Sunday morning, 10.00 a.m in Perth. Mekdi takes a shower and Irene looks through the window ...

    #women #girl #family #blackandwhite #documentary #everyday #daily_life #children_portrait

    Editor's Note

    I love the mystery in this photo as well as how you framed it, and on top of all that, this scene feels so personal which adds to the breadth of the image as a whole.

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    A self portrait My imagination..

    #abstract #art #life #finding #faith #who #creative #message #self_awareness #black_a_white #spy_eye

    Editor's Note

    Love how mysterious this image is with the concealed face and flowing fabric. Feels like we're floating in a dream.

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    A moment where I felt lost and confused with myself. I question my purpose and if I can even get ...

    #self_awareness #self__portrait

    Editor's Note

    There's something vulnerable and confrontational at the same time in your direct eye contact with the camera, which I appreciate. While I like the negative space and bit of blur that looks more lik... More

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    This self-portrait communicates the psychological experience of living in the still unacknowledge...

    #mirror #portrait #selfportrait #trans #queer #gender #lgbtq #genderqueer

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Georgie Stammer, who commented, "This is such a powerful image and story, and I greatly admire your bravery in creating and posting it." Thank you for taking tim... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    By pursuing a Cultural Anthropology course, I began to question what my identity is conceived of....

    #portrait #selfportrait #romania #identity

    Editor's Note

    I love your use of environment and the way you frame yourself within it. The culturally traditional fabrics is a great way of adding context to who you are, the light on your face is a nice, warm, ... More

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    March 27, 2018. My son had run up ahead to the house even though it wasn't unlocked and was just...

    #dog #home #family #childhood #familydocumentary #ozarklife

    Editor's Note

    This image feels like such a real moment—a glimpse into your everyday life. Nice job layering with the pup in the foreground and your son framed inside the door and among those reflections. The sce... More

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    Seeing myself as a father is one of the cornerstones of my life today. Recognizing parts of mysel...

    #father #son #future #identity

    Editor's Note

    Great execution of the concept. It's whimsical and graphic and engages the viewer because of it. The white circle first jumps out because it's the brightest part of the scene and so rigid compared ... More

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    Because of Anna’s neurological issues, she does not wake in the middle of the night or in the mid...

    #action #35mm #motherhood #identity #black__and_white #self__portrait #hollyanissa

    Editor's Note

    I'm drawn to how beautiful, quiet and real this scene is. The soft light and movement of the sheets gives a sense of serenity to your routine.

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    I used to be scared of my scars, of how they made me look, and of what they looked like to others...

    #surgery #selfportrait #scars #scoliosis

    Editor's Note

    Quiet, subtle and so personal. I almost feel like I'm intruding but am grateful you've welcomed us in to view. I've always been self-conscious of my own scars, so to see you embrace yours in such a... More

    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer

    About the Editor
    Kholood Eid
    Documentary Photographer
    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 ...

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