The Heart of the Matter

 Danilo, livestock worker, from  Uprooted     © Kristine Heykants 2017

Danilo, livestock worker, from Uprooted    © Kristine Heykants 2017

My challenge when making a portrait is to provide a point of resonance between the viewer and the person in the picture. I hope the audience will recognize a likeness on an emotional level, allowing for a connection to take place. 

Historically photography has been used to highlight that which is different, new or novel. I aim however, to create a bridge with my pictures by showing ways we are the same. Danilo, the subject of this picture, was riding his bike toward me on the sidewalk. His trendy clothing, hairstyle and bicycle stood in contrast to the traditional house and well-manicured lawn in the background (a set from "Leave it to Beaver" comes to mind). He seemed both curious and guarded (as people often are when a stranger asks for a photograph) and yet there is an openness, perhaps a wanting to belong. I think everyone can relate to that.