Jessica Ethington

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Look in the mirror and what do you see? I saw flaws. I saw blemishes in my skin. I saw parts of my body I wish would disappear. 

As many people so often do, I struggled with my own self image and how the rest of the world looked at me. I wondered if they saw my insecurities. I didn’t want to wear certain clothing because I didn’t want it to emphasize these imperfections. The media has distorted the way we view ourselves to an extent that people no longer see themselves for their beauty but rather the lack thereof.

This idea is what sparked my inspiration for Paint it Black. I had different people open up to me and talk about how they saw themselves. Many expressed what I had heard from friends in the past. They only saw their so called "flaw" as something they wished to erase. After choosing that specific body part we painted it with black paint then I had them model for me. I wanted them to see how beautiful they truly are, emphasizing the part they wanted to erase. After the shoot was over, many of these woman were stunned to see the images of themselves. In the end I wanted them to see themselves in a new perspective and realize that those “flaws” they think they have, aren't really flaws at all. That part they wished to erase or paint away was actually beautiful. Although different, each female body is beautiful.

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France
Paris
Crépus is an on-going photo series on Black hair of Black people in France. I’ve started this series back in 2019, everything began with a global project on Racism I'm still working on, with different lines of research. A short film I've directed called "The Orange child", it deals with the vision...
United Kingdom
London
This picture represent to me a very delicate moment in a woman life: the pre-adolescence. The way Paola is looking at the camera makes me think that she is growing in self-awarness while her shy, younger sister looking at the floor reminds me of the difficulty of accepting that self....
United Kingdom
London
Several weeks before the lockdown we had hiked up the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye, to capture the sunrise. It was a very cold Feb morning we had left the car park in the dark when we reached the old man. Having taken shots of the Old man I turned around and this shot was directly behind me....
Taiwan
New Taipei City
This series juxtaposes the torn and dirty USian flag with the naked bodies of all genders, races, sexuality, nationality, and cultural backgrounds to capture their vulnerability, emotions, and strength, critiquing the United States as the dreamland and shelter for all humans. The U.S. was alleg...
Canada
Toronto
I had just arrived a few days before at my artist residency in rural India, near a small village called Andore in Rajasthan. I was there to photograph and identify wildlife as reference material for my scratchboard portraits. I had acquainted myself with the surrounding farms and the pathways t...

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