Hellen Van Meene's work attracted me because it's almost the opposite of what I've always gone for. Her portraiture subjects are adolescent, puberty stricken boys and girls, unsure of how to act in front of the camera. While some seem uncomfortable and certainly out of place in a fine art photograph, others just seem unaware, innocently posing for Van Meene as if it's a school project. The lighting varies in each photo, some inside and some outside, though she always utilizes soft natural light. When I views these photos, tension is the first thing that comes to mind. However, as you realize the nature of the subjects, you almost get a sense of empathy, and remember the struggles that come with such a transformative age.