The first time someone speaks to you; it's usually the last time you'll be able to see them the way you did at that moment. That can be for better or worse, or in this case, incredibly memorable. Superficial details about Evan Wolff didn't prepare me for what he was battling inside: depression that he's battled since birth that would cause difficulty as he went through the world.
My portrait work with Even isn't just rooted in the imagery itself, but to support him as he continues his fight and makes what he wants of his life.
A Conversation with Evan
Where did you grow up?
EW: I grew up in Portland, Oregon.
What's your goal for New York City?
EW: My goal is to be accepted to Parsons School of Design and become an automotive designer.
Recently you directed a personal photo project. What was that about?
EW: My art shoot is about portraying what mental and emotional scars would look like if they were on the surface of the body. I also produced it so I could share my story about my battle with depression and suicide. I want to do my part to spread awareness and help others who are dealing with similar experiences know that they are not alone and that it's okay to talk about it. That it needs to be talked about.
What message did you want to share with the world?
I want to make people understand that you can't judge a book by its cover. I am often misunderstood because I am a model and so people think that I must have this glamorous life when the reality is quite the opposite. My story always takes people by surprise and really makes them think. I'm not just a face, I have a life with depth and meaning, and I wish people could see that in me and in others rather than assuming based on ones looks.