portraits

This Is Our New York by Katherine Yaksich

This Is Our New York

A short 10 sec spot I directed for The New York Immigration Coalition, now being broadcasted in Times Square on Broadway and 43rd St.

Directed by Reuben Hernandez

Produced by Lisa Pertoso 

Gaffer/Lighting Tech Nico Vasquez

by Katherine Yaksich

“My goal is to find myself and figure out how to spread peace and love to all mankind. Right now dance is the most meaningful thing for me because I can show love and share positive energy through it. I like to move, I like to be physical, I like to release positive energy, and I can grab it from people and pass it to other people through dance. 
 Dance changed me. Originally dance was an escape from a poor childhood where I was busy taking care of my little brothers. I came from a poor family with an abusive step father, so for me dance was an escape from school, family, and everything I didn’t like about my life. 
 I really want to inspire other people to love everyone. Everyone wants happiness and love. If I can inspire some people, they can inspire other people, and that’s how it spreads. We don’t need much, we just need to understand how to be kind, happy, and spread love. It’s an ultimate goal and I might not ever reach it, but it’s definitely something to push for.” 
 - Christopher “Push” Costa, dancer 
 I’m really enjoying this weekend’s @Instagram hashtag project, because it’s forcing me to be creative and get to know other people on a much deeper level. 
 #whptodayimet #dance #makeportraits (at PMT Dance Studio)

“My goal is to find myself and figure out how to spread peace and love to all mankind. Right now dance is the most meaningful thing for me because I can show love and share positive energy through it. I like to move, I like to be physical, I like to release positive energy, and I can grab it from people and pass it to other people through dance.

Dance changed me. Originally dance was an escape from a poor childhood where I was busy taking care of my little brothers. I came from a poor family with an abusive step father, so for me dance was an escape from school, family, and everything I didn’t like about my life.

I really want to inspire other people to love everyone. Everyone wants happiness and love. If I can inspire some people, they can inspire other people, and that’s how it spreads. We don’t need much, we just need to understand how to be kind, happy, and spread love. It’s an ultimate goal and I might not ever reach it, but it’s definitely something to push for.”

- Christopher “Push” Costa, dancer

I’m really enjoying this weekend’s @Instagram hashtag project, because it’s forcing me to be creative and get to know other people on a much deeper level.

#whptodayimet #dance #makeportraits (at PMT Dance Studio)

by Katherine Yaksich

“The secret to success is to do what you love.” - Dr. Tom Smith, rifle master and naturalist 
 Tom is one of the most fascinating guys I have ever met and has some incredible stories that include traveling solo through the Arctic for 2 years on a single journey, living and hunting with the Inuit community, and saving a polar bear’s life by punching it in the face. I’m lucky to be part of this team #thisarcticlife #makeportraits (at Svalbard)

“The secret to success is to do what you love.” - Dr. Tom Smith, rifle master and naturalist

Tom is one of the most fascinating guys I have ever met and has some incredible stories that include traveling solo through the Arctic for 2 years on a single journey, living and hunting with the Inuit community, and saving a polar bear’s life by punching it in the face. I’m lucky to be part of this team #thisarcticlife #makeportraits (at Svalbard)

by Katherine Yaksich

A photo of JR during the first day pasting at the NYC Ballet. It has been an absolute blast documenting such a prolific and influential artist. The second night of the NYC Ballet Art Series featuring JR is this Friday, February 7th. The art exhibition is open to the public  from 10 - 5   until February 8th.

A photo of JR during the first day pasting at the NYC Ballet. It has been an absolute blast documenting such a prolific and influential artist. The second night of the NYC Ballet Art Series featuring JR is this Friday, February 7th. The art exhibition is open to the public from 10 - 5 until February 8th.

by Katherine Yaksich

I took this photograph in Mozambique on a drive to South Africa. Their eyes tell a deep rooted story, and I was curious about the Chinese characters on the side of their truck. “The Chinese are building things in exchange for mining rights, timber rights, fishing rights, and these are absolutely bad deals.” - Jim LaFleur, senior economist for Mozambique’s largest business association. “China is very clear about what it wants from Africa. Africa has absolutely no idea what it wants from China.” - Lucy Corkin, Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University  
  Image   © Reuben Hernandez

I took this photograph in Mozambique on a drive to South Africa. Their eyes tell a deep rooted story, and I was curious about the Chinese characters on the side of their truck. “The Chinese are building things in exchange for mining rights, timber rights, fishing rights, and these are absolutely bad deals.” - Jim LaFleur, senior economist for Mozambique’s largest business association. “China is very clear about what it wants from Africa. Africa has absolutely no idea what it wants from China.” - Lucy Corkin, Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University

Image © Reuben Hernandez