Eyes of the Beholder
Black people have dreams, they’re forward thinking, they work hard, they’re ambitious. Reflected in the eyes are the hopes and dreams of the ancestors realized.
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”– Thich Nhat Hanh
A symbol of beauty, identity, and often social politics, black hair carries much weight. From natural hair discrimination to unfounded stereotypes about locs, this incredibly personal element of culture has been forced into public contention. In this image, a woman pushes her locs back with manicured hands. Her lips are painted in bright red contrast to the neutral palette of warm golds that she wears. In direct defiance of white depictions of black and natural hair as “dirty” or “unprofessional,” she wears her hair with undeniable dignity and grace.
Amir Leung-Tat, Eyes of the Beholder, 2020. Digital Photograph. ©Amir Leung-Tat. All rights reserved.