Danielle Van Winkle


I’ve always been a portrait photographer ever since I picked up photography in sixth grade.  I take pictures of people I think are beautiful, my friends, my peers, strangers.  One overarching theme that seems to unite my portrait work, however, is girls and their relationships with each other.  This semester, I wanted to delve more into this specific niche in black and white portraiture and how I can make them personal, but still aesthetically pleasing.  I wanted to try a deeper depth of field and switch out my nifty fifty,  experiment with less conventional or “easy” frames of view.  Unfortunately, social distancing was set in place before I got out of my comfort zone.

And instead I found myself back at home, in my small farm town I moved away from very intentionally.  Nothing in this town brings me warm fuzzy connotations, how everyone else feels it does.  Perhaps its picturesque-suburban-uniformity is what seems to drive the annoyance home, but everywhere I look, everything is so glaringly perfect, so ugly in the cookie-cutter.  I decided that perhaps I could try to bring this out in photos with a sleeker, smoother editing style that brings out a painterly characterization in these images.  Pastels, warm yellows and low contrast gives a creepily sublime quality to these images that together, personally, off-put me just the way I want them to.