My name is Sonjhai Meggette and I am a freelance photographer in Oakland, California. In 2010, I launched Esoteric Images due to the lack of positive representation of African descendants in social media.
Media creates meaning about race and ethnicity as part of our identity. Although there isn’t single or one dimensional representation of black people, many of the most common are based on disparaging stereotypes. As an African descendant, I made a conscious decision to challenge us how we view beauty-physical attractiveness-and societal norms that impacts our self-image. My mantra: beauty is subjective-you get to choose what it means to you!