Philosophy

PhilosophyPage-001Because they are.

Because they are so … alive.

Because they change so quickly.

And because, sometimes, we all need to be reminded to be a bit more like them.

Amazing, isn’t it, how many different and sometimes contradictory aspects there are to their lives and personalities — the energetic joyousness, and the quiet contemplation; the seemingly perpetual motion, and the capacity for stillness; the reckless abandon with which they can flit through their surroundings, seemingly not noticing anything, and the deep, concentrated fascination they can have with something as commonplace as a dandelion.

PhilosophyPage-002To me, an honest portrait is not just of a person, it needs to be about the person. It should strip away the artifices, the masks, and the distractions, leaving the individual and their life — and that doesn’t always happen in a studio, gussied up in your Sunday best.

Life is getting up from naptime with mussed-up hair, rolling around on the floor with the pets, jumping in mud puddles, and giving your younger brother noogies. It’s wearing your favorite pair of ratty jeans with holes in the knees. It’s being comfortable. That’s why I do so much work on location. It can be any location at all, as long as it’s special — to you. While many people choose to be photographed at home, I’ve also worked in parks, old churches, dilapidated barns, abandoned buildings, beaches … the possibilities are endless.

Heyns.0017I’m often asked why I work exclusively in black and white. The short answer is: “It removes distractions.” The human eye is easily distracted by color; the abstraction of black and white removes the distractions of color, leaving only light, form and texture. As Ted Grant so eloquently put it: “If you’re photographing in color, you show the color of their clothes – if you use black and white, you can show the color of their soul.”

I currently work primarily in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. I love to travel, though, so whether you’re nearby or in another part of the country (or on another continent), and are interested in having me work with your family, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.

I look forward to meeting you.

“I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost — that is important. If they are art objects at the same time, that’s fine with me.” – Jacques-Henri Lartigue