Ed Heckerman
Shadow Self-Portrait in Bishop, 2013John Roevenkamp, 2013Erich Heimbach, circa 1995Naomi Currie, circa 1990Sam, Khandro, and Lee at Orgyen Chö Dzong, New York, 2011JanaJana in Big SurJana at Wheeler Creek, 2009Jana at OCD, 2010Jana in Le Doubs, Soubey, Switzerland, 2014Emma with Gatorade, OCD, New York, 2010EmmaEmma in MalibuEmma in Rhine, Basel, 2014Emma at Gaviota State Beach, 2015Emma and Jana, 2008Jana and Emma posing with a concrete sloth, La Brea Tar Pits, 2012Jana and Emma peeling corn at Steve and Kathy's place in Montana, 2013Simone and Claire Liniger, circa 1996Cousins, - Jana, Kadiatou, Emma and Miriam, Malibu Creek, 2012Cousins - Emma, Kadiatou, Miriam and Jana, Soubey, Switzerland, 2014Dad, circa 1995Mom at Coogies, 2010Claudia Walther in Tessin, circa 1990Jürg Zurmühle, 2014Masakazu Yoshizawa in Kawai, Japan, 2007Kaoru Kakizakai at Cal Arts, 2012Tsering Dondrup in Inglewood, 2013Lama Tenzin Samphel and Spiti Tulku, Urgyen Samye Chöling (Laugeral), France, circa 1990Lama Tenzin Samphel, circa 2009Bhaka Tulku Rinpoche at Zuni Mountain, New Mexico, 2009Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche, Losar, 2011Self-Portrait in Venice Walkstreet, 2013
I make portraits as an homage to someone. Portraiture can easily become exploitation, so one must have a positive motivation. Moreover, a single image can never fully portray the complexity of an individual. The people pictured here are my friends, family, teachers and sangha. The biggest challenge in portraiture is to invite the subject to relax and be genuine and vulnerable by endeavoring to embody those qualities myself. In a certain sense every posed portrait is a collaboration. These were the times I got lucky.