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Titus Brooks Heagins
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

My photography is not about memory, imagination, dreams; it's not about construction or computer techniques. These portraits are about reality, a moment when my camera paid attention to the story.

Each intimate portrait highlights a moment between action and repose, alienation and acceptance. The moment offers an opportunity to bond and experience the subject's life, with all of the unfulfilled desires, disrupted plans of the past, present, and hope for the future. The narrative forms a connection for deeper dialog. A life is revealed, a life of urbanity and unrequited splendor.

I don’t photograph people in ways that are reductive or anthropological. My subjects are "othered," marginalized, left out, different. My portraits acknowledge difference, turning the eye. The question becomes, who pushed them to the margins.

Portraits are a reflection of a relationship - one honest enough to acknowledge your humanity and that allows the subjects to show you theirs.

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