storyportrait

by Katherine Yaksich

“Hello my name is Siobhan and I reside in Shanghai, China. I have also lived with a Masai tribe on the outskirts of Amboseli NP, Kenya. Despite the language barrier, what really touched me was how humble and kind the Masai are, and it made me realise that travelling isn’t just about scenery and wildlife, but also about understanding the diversity of human culture on our wonderful planet.”

“Hello my name is Siobhan and I reside in Shanghai, China. I have also lived with a Masai tribe on the outskirts of Amboseli NP, Kenya. Despite the language barrier, what really touched me was how humble and kind the Masai are, and it made me realise that travelling isn’t just about scenery and wildlife, but also about understanding the diversity of human culture on our wonderful planet.”

by Katherine Yaksich

Giving thanks for a photo that changed me: 
 This is Cecilia, one of our patients at a vision care clinic in Salinas, Ecuador. I had the opportunity to document stories for @onesight, an organization dedicated to providing free vision care for underprivileged individuals around the world. After Cecilia received her glasses and the gift of sight, her disposition transformed instantaneously. 
 The stories we documented were life changing and heart breaking, and I realized I had found my calling - to tell meaningful, compelling human stories in the most creative and beautiful way possible. This was a pivotal moment in my life. 
 Less than six months after returning from Ecuador, I somehow found the courage to quit my job, moved out of my house, said a lot of goodbyes, and took a nine month soul-searching journey around the world. It was a difficult thing to do at the time, and took all the courage I could muster up, but it was one of the most fulfilling decisions I have ever made. At the end of my travels, I fulfilled my long time dream of moving to New York City, to pursue a creative career and make a living doing what I love. I actually drove nearly 16,000 miles across North America to NYC and sold my car upon arriving. I haven’t looked back ever since. 
 (at Ecuador)

Giving thanks for a photo that changed me:

This is Cecilia, one of our patients at a vision care clinic in Salinas, Ecuador. I had the opportunity to document stories for @onesight, an organization dedicated to providing free vision care for underprivileged individuals around the world. After Cecilia received her glasses and the gift of sight, her disposition transformed instantaneously.

The stories we documented were life changing and heart breaking, and I realized I had found my calling - to tell meaningful, compelling human stories in the most creative and beautiful way possible. This was a pivotal moment in my life.

Less than six months after returning from Ecuador, I somehow found the courage to quit my job, moved out of my house, said a lot of goodbyes, and took a nine month soul-searching journey around the world. It was a difficult thing to do at the time, and took all the courage I could muster up, but it was one of the most fulfilling decisions I have ever made. At the end of my travels, I fulfilled my long time dream of moving to New York City, to pursue a creative career and make a living doing what I love. I actually drove nearly 16,000 miles across North America to NYC and sold my car upon arriving. I haven’t looked back ever since.

(at Ecuador)

by Katherine Yaksich

3 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge 
 This is a portrait I took of Neil onboard our expedition ship in the Arctic this past summer. I looked out the window and saw Neil smoking a pipe by himself, out in the cold, on the port side of the ship. I immediately knew I had to get a picture of him, so I ran outside and captured one of my favorite images from my residency. In the Arctic, often times the most memorable moments occur when you least expect it. 
 I nominate @leifography, a fellow New Yorker who I connected with onboard our ship in the Arctic 
 #thisarcticlife

3 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge

This is a portrait I took of Neil onboard our expedition ship in the Arctic this past summer. I looked out the window and saw Neil smoking a pipe by himself, out in the cold, on the port side of the ship. I immediately knew I had to get a picture of him, so I ran outside and captured one of my favorite images from my residency. In the Arctic, often times the most memorable moments occur when you least expect it.

I nominate @leifography, a fellow New Yorker who I connected with onboard our ship in the Arctic

#thisarcticlife

by Katherine Yaksich

2 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge 
 It’s not very often that you get a chance to film and photograph NYC Ballet dancers on a NYC rooftop overlooking Central Park, with direct views of the top of the Empire State building. This was one of those days, and it was absolutely magical, breathtaking, and surreal. That’s why I love NYC so much; it’s full of magic, wonderful surprises, and extraordinary, talented people. There is beauty all around us. 
 I nominate @jen_trahan for the black and white challenge, which is quite fitting because this photo was taken by Jen Trahan for @reubenhernandez studios (at New York City Ballet)

2 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge

It’s not very often that you get a chance to film and photograph NYC Ballet dancers on a NYC rooftop overlooking Central Park, with direct views of the top of the Empire State building. This was one of those days, and it was absolutely magical, breathtaking, and surreal. That’s why I love NYC so much; it’s full of magic, wonderful surprises, and extraordinary, talented people. There is beauty all around us.

I nominate @jen_trahan for the black and white challenge, which is quite fitting because this photo was taken by Jen Trahan for @reubenhernandez studios (at New York City Ballet)

by Katherine Yaksich

Here is an unpublished photo of Dr. Tom Smith, rifle master, naturalist, and what one of my friends calls “the Chuck Norris of the Arctic”, scouting the land for polar bears ensuring that it’s safe for us to land. I could tell stories all day about Tom, but my favorite story to tell is when he saved a polar bear’s life by punching it in the face.  

 Join me this Thursday at 8 pm at Ira Lippke Studios in Chelsea, as I share more images and stories from my Arctic experience. I hope to see you there and share a glass of beer or wine with you! 

 #thisarcticlife #svalbard #arctic #polarbears #makeportraits #storyportrait

Here is an unpublished photo of Dr. Tom Smith, rifle master, naturalist, and what one of my friends calls “the Chuck Norris of the Arctic”, scouting the land for polar bears ensuring that it’s safe for us to land. I could tell stories all day about Tom, but my favorite story to tell is when he saved a polar bear’s life by punching it in the face.

Join me this Thursday at 8 pm at Ira Lippke Studios in Chelsea, as I share more images and stories from my Arctic experience. I hope to see you there and share a glass of beer or wine with you!

#thisarcticlife #svalbard #arctic #polarbears #makeportraits #storyportrait

by Katherine Yaksich

“When I was really young, it inspired me to see someone dance and do something which at the time I thought was physically impossible. So when I see someone do something that looks crazy and abnormal, I’m the sort of person who likes to try things that no one else can really do.”   
  - Christopher “Push” Costa, dancer  
  This image is from last weekend’s Instagram hashtag project #whptodayomet. Thanks   @Instagram   for inspiring me to photograph this series and get to know Push on a much deeper level. 

“When I was really young, it inspired me to see someone dance and do something which at the time I thought was physically impossible. So when I see someone do something that looks crazy and abnormal, I’m the sort of person who likes to try things that no one else can really do.”

- Christopher “Push” Costa, dancer

This image is from last weekend’s Instagram hashtag project #whptodayomet. Thanks @Instagram for inspiring me to photograph this series and get to know Push on a much deeper level. 

by Katherine Yaksich

This weekend I received my first tintype portrait in the mail by photographer   @gilesclement  , and it was really special to open the box and hold it in my hand for the first time. I know this sounds cheesy, but I’m pretty sure I held my breath as I was opening the box just like a kid opening up a Christmas present. It made me realize how spoiled we’ve become in the digital age, and how we expect and demand things instantaneously all the time.   
  Tintype predates film and was widely used in the 1860’s and 1870’s, so it is quite a unique experience if you ever get the opportunity to have one taken of you. It is by far the most memorable photo that I’ve ever had taken of me, especially since I spend most of the time on the other side of the camera these days.   
  I’m obsessed with handmade crafts, and inspired by people like Giles that are able to make a living doing what they love, creating handcrafted goods that help create deep and meaningful experiences for us. I hope to give this portrait away as a gift one day and have it passed down from generation to generation.

This weekend I received my first tintype portrait in the mail by photographer @gilesclement, and it was really special to open the box and hold it in my hand for the first time. I know this sounds cheesy, but I’m pretty sure I held my breath as I was opening the box just like a kid opening up a Christmas present. It made me realize how spoiled we’ve become in the digital age, and how we expect and demand things instantaneously all the time.

Tintype predates film and was widely used in the 1860’s and 1870’s, so it is quite a unique experience if you ever get the opportunity to have one taken of you. It is by far the most memorable photo that I’ve ever had taken of me, especially since I spend most of the time on the other side of the camera these days.

I’m obsessed with handmade crafts, and inspired by people like Giles that are able to make a living doing what they love, creating handcrafted goods that help create deep and meaningful experiences for us. I hope to give this portrait away as a gift one day and have it passed down from generation to generation.

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)