Three minutes 


In art, the triptych or artwork composed of three parts is common. My favorite aspect of photojournalism digital age is the ability to look at a story or a person in three parts—visually, vocally, and the written word. This concept sparked the idea for my personal portrait project Three Minutes. The goal is to approach portraiture using my photography, videography, and journalism skills.


My first subject had to be Louisiana hip-hop producer, Amahl Abdul-Khaliq. While working for the American Press newspaper in Louisiana, I met Abdul-Khaliq. His engaging personality and positive energy quickly made him one of my favorite locals. I always intended to profile him for the American Press series, "Artistically Speaking," but I moved to Atlanta before that came to fruition. This is the perfect opportunity to right that wrong.


Meet Amahl Abdul-Khaliq, aka AF THE NAYSAYER.


My first encounter with Abdul-Khaliq was at a flatland BMX jam in Westlake, LA. On the bike, he rides with native California cool. After our first conversation, my impression of him was he was a quiet and thoughtful BMX'er. That could be considered a contradictory statement, but little about Abdul-Khali fits into a neat box.

Abdul-Khaliq has a traditional college education from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA and graduated with a degree in Mass Communications. Yet the traditional route of career and family was never in his sights. Instead, Abdul-Khaliq chose to pursue his passion for music.

Traveling between New Orleans and Lake Charles, Abdul-Khaliq plays venues in both cities performing solo and with Luke St. John, Phantom Cleavage, Jorge De La Santos, and Flawed Giant. His work has been featured in a documentary, many BMX related videos, and in some of the videos I produced for the American Press.

Abdul-Khaliq credits his musical influences from all genres of music. Growing up with his parents' music he listened to Jazz and R&B. In his teenage years, he was exposed to punk music and politics. This inspired the birth of his musical alter ego—AF THE NAYSAYER (always written in all capital letters). Other influences include DJ Premier, Nujabes, and a rapper/producer Myka Nyne who is featured on Abdul-Khaliq's song which was released on April 30th, 2013.

Much like "Imagerial Denouement”, Abdul-Khaliq's portfolio of songs uses layers of samples and loops to create upbeat, melodic rhythms creating a musical fusion that crosses genre boundaries. His song "Sunday” is a personal favorite as is his 2011 work “An Agglomeration of Thoughts”. Abdul-Khaliq's paints a jazzy sound backdrop for any activity or lyrical performer.
Photo by Karen E Wink, www.karenwink.com

Rebecca Harrison is finishing her bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Mississippi College for Women. She is also my niece.


Being the proud aunt, I had to make Rebecca the subject of my second episode of Three Minutes.
While Rebecca enjoys photography, her primary art is mixed media. Recently, she has developed a passion for pen and ink.

She spends hours drawing in her sketchbook what she calls “energy patterns.” She begins from the inside working her way out, then adding color at times. The work is her way of exploring her connection to the creative consciousness.
As part of her photography class, she combined the energy patterns with portraits. Her inspiration was the field of aura photography. As of late, her newest project is painting murals on the walls of her father’s home.

As her aunt and an artist, I am very curious to see where these stream-of-consciousness drawings lead this young artist. Below is my video portrait of Rebecca. I hope you enjoy this brief look into her artistic process.
Photo by Karen E Wink, www.karenwink.com

I met Kiyokoshi Dominique about three years ago. He needed photos and video to try out for America’s Top Model. As a photojournalist (with a lame sense of personal style), fashion was a new concept for me.


I loved the challenge of creating a narrative from nothing. Kiyo was such a joy to be around, and so creative that we have met for many more shoots—all along becoming great friends. He was very willing to be a subject, and sit for the Three Minutes video portrait series.

As a 20-something, Kiyo is full of hopes and dreams with a great deal of creative energy. Fashion and modeling are in his sights, and he is learning to sew and make clothes. His possibilities are limitless. It was my intent to illuminate his contagious creative energy in this episode.

We met last year for a shoot at OnStage Atlanta. Kiyo was going to help me test out some lighting ideas for a promo shot for the play "A Murder is Announced". We had also planned to shoot video for Three Minutes while we waited on the actors to arrive.

As we set-up for the session, we caught up on each others’ lives. Then our conversation moved to more current social topics which then shifted to Freddie Gray, Ferguson, and Black Lives Matter. Kiyo has an interesting perspective on American racism since he was born in Japan, and has lived in the Dominican Republic, Europe, and in the United States.

I will let Kiyo speak for himself in the two videos. As a millennial with a multicultural background, his voice is one that should be heard.
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