Eva Woolridge: The Rarest Pokemon

As a student and young adult, I have learned the importance of keeping like-minded, honest, and kind people around you.  And in learning that lesson I can sincerely say thatEva is one of the people who I want to keep in my life as learn more about myself and the world. She is an inspiring, intelligent, imaginative young woman and friend who rubs off on me every time we speak. She motivates me to be more creative and more willing to explore the possibilities.  Eva gives me advice and guidance,  but mostly she is honest with me and will call me on my bullshit like it's no tomorrow! (something I need every now and then) Her personality like her art is very expressive and draws you in once you meet her.  She is a treat.... and a bit of an oddball tehe, but with all that said I am appreciative that the universe has shipped us together as creatives, artists, friends, and sisters.

What do you love about art/being an artist?

I love being an artist because it’s a way I can really explain to people what I see in my head. People have ALWAYS said to me, “Eva I truly wonder what you think about sometimes, you have the wildest imagination,” and I am trying my hardest to exhaust the possibilities that allow my audience to interact with my mind.

When is your Birthday?

My birthday is March 9th—proud, Pisces baby, and yes I am a zodiac believer.

What is your Spirit Animal?

My spirit animal is a Panda. I know this because when I meditate I often ask for guidance on who I am. When I ask this question, I continue to see a panda. As this vision continued to re-emerge time and time again, I began to look up what a Panda meant in my dream book. Turns out a panda represents loyalty, compassion, sensitivity, and kindness—all things that I believe describe me, and so I was naturally a little freaked out, but my panda friend is always a chill guy!

What's your personal Philosophy?

My personal philosophy is that everything really does happen for a reason. When one thing doesn’t work out, it was meant to happen to guide you somewhere else that is actually meant for you.

What attracted you to photography?

My photography journey began before I could even remember—as cliche as that sounds. My grandmother recently sent me a picture of myself as a toddler gazing through a camera, focusing on an unknown subject, so let's set the beginning as 5, haha. Growing up, I was visually pleased or curious by everything around me—everything I saw was aesthetically pleasing, whether it was the rays shining down into a forest bed or the calmness of a lake (I spent a lot of time camping haha). I spent a lot of experimenting with video graphing, filming, and the longest time wanted to be a director of documentaries—I even had a YouTube channel. One day in 2005 I was looking through some art books in my house—my parents are huge art collectors. I was looking at a photography book called SOUL by Thierry Le Goues. I LOVED the contrast of black and white, and the models were covered in black oil. I loved it, and that was the moment when I really became interested in photography.

Describe your Art Journey,  the start, middle, and where you are now

My art journey is all over the place and never ending—thank goodness. Although I enjoyed art, I never really considered myself an artist, or talented enough. I had a pretty traditional high school experience—captain of the field hockey team, hung out with a pretty diverse group of friends, etc. My best friend at the time was a huge creative and art person, and I didn’t know it then, but I secretly was jealous—she had such an artistic vision that came naturally to her. She was a painter, designer, collage enthusiastic, jewelry maker, anything you could think of she did, while I was still trying to figure out what I was good at—I never thought that I would be an artist myself. With all of that, I still perused what I enjoyed, which was working with digital film and photography. Near the end of high school and into college, I slowly began to grow as a photographer and take myself more seriously—I was fortunate to have such talented friend who supported and encouraged me like Adam Easterling, Founder of Infinity. I created a Facebook page, began photographing events, and head shots, but I wasn’t satisfied—there was no creative freedom in photographing a commercialized event.

I wanted more, and one day before I took a shower I was standing naked in my living room looking out the window, and I thought “hmm this would be a pretty cool picture.” I had a point-and-shoot digital camera, placed it on a table against a book and set the timer. I did what I always did in the library in my house, I stood on my knees on the couch, and gazed out the window, except this time I was nude.

Of Eva Woolridge by Eva Woolridge

Of Eva Woolridge by Eva Woolridge

This was so personal to me, and I wasn’t ashamed of it because I didn’t expect to show anyone until I edited it in black and white. I was so proud of my bare body illuminated by a touch of natural light, that I wanted to show everyone—and that moment was when I realized, that I could be an artist, not just a hobbyist. From there, I have made my way producing my own nude series that recently have been sold in galleries, such as Peeled Paint.

How would you define your relationship with art/ your art?

If art were a person, I’d be fully committed to her for the rest of my life. There were moments in my life where I was depressed, and what pulled me out of depression was photography—my photography, not commercial events or head shots. I often photographed self-portraits of myself crying, breaking objects, anything really to release this pent up energy, and my goodness did it work. Never did I really understand the idea of self-expression until those moments—some of my most meaningful pieces are when I was the most emotional and passionate.

Do you ever feel reluctant of how people will perceive your pieces?

I used to be reluctant to show my photographs to people; it took 7 years to even tell people I was even interested in photography, let alone tell them I wanted it as a career. But once again, thanks for the creative push and support of my family and friends, I have never felt more creative freedom once coming out as an artist. I now welcome criticism with open arms.

What is your Favorite Word?

My favorite word right now is convoluted: adjective

His convoluted answers did nothing to help his credibility: complicated, complex, involved, elaborate, serpentine, labyrinthine, tortuous, tangled, Byzantine; Rube Goldberg; confused, confusing, bewildering, baffling.ANTONYMS straightforward.I just think it’s a great word for complex.  Love it.

 

 

Random fact:

I have Synesthesia—I associate colors with numbers, letters and words. For example, the number 2 is yellow in my head, and the number 6 is green, 8 is a dark, almost purple color. My dad’s name is Craig and it’s yellow, while my mom’s name Lori is a dark blue. I honestly thought everyone saw words and numbers with colors in their head until I was talking to my mom about numbers in casual conversations. She and my brother think it’s the coolest thing—like a super power.  Here is an article on LiveScience that discusses Synesthesia

What's your perspective of society today? Or rather something that "grinds your gears" about it

My heart breaks for society today—well aspects of it. I am heartbroken by the international hate, violence, and greed of humanity today, maybe it's always been like this, but I feel awakened by the recent violence in and towards the black community including cases like  Trayvon Martin and the three Muslim students who were killed execution style last week. I don’t understand why people who disagree immediately go to violence, and it rips me into pieces. With the violence, however, comes a beacon of hope—the Millennial Generation is leaving a legacy of equality, social activism and protests to counter this violence, and I am so proud to be a part of such a powerful and progressive generation.

Favorite Disney movie? Or figure of the past

My favorite Disney movie will forever be Mulan, and that’s hard for me to say because I am a HUGE Disney fanatic! Like huge, to the point where for my 17th Christmas present my mom bought me a Mulan doll haha. She is such a strong, female character who essentially fought for equality, even if that wasn’t her first motive. She’s smart and beautiful, and knew that she was different; she just had to find her path. I also am a die-hard Sailor Moon fan, and Serena was a huge role model for even as a cartoon. I related to her so much, she was sensitive, kind, loyal, outgoing, and goofy as hell—pretty much who I strive and ended up being haha.

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If you would like to contact Eva and view more of her work she can be reached at:

Online Gallery: ewphotos.squarespace.com

Email & Facebook: Evawoolridge@gmail.com

Instagram:@ewphotos1

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