Fifty-Two Portraits of Alameda

 

52Portraits: A Year-Long Love Letter to Alameda & Its People a month-long exhibition of portraits taken in locations across Alameda by Alameda resident and photographer Jenn Heflin will open Saturday, March 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at South Shore Center in the space across from Trabacco.
 
52Portraits features everyday people photographed in a wide variety of locations — some well-known and others hidden away — across Alameda and Bay Farm.
 
Heflin, a portrait and business photographer who has lived on the Island since 2013, came up with the idea for 52Portraits toward the end of 2015.
 
“Alameda is a place you can’t help but photograph,” said Heflin. “You don’t have to have been here long to realize it is steeped in history and gravitas. Its story is rich, its architecture is eclectic, and its people know they’re fortunate to have landed here.”
 
For the first few years Heflin lived in Alameda, she focused on shooting landscapes, but came to realize that the special atmosphere here is as much a product of the people as the place. She thus launched her project to capture all the places she loved around Alameda by featuring people interacting with them.
 
The first portrait happened organically while riding her bike with her stepson Henry next to Crab Cove the first week of January 2016. From there, Heflin asked a neighbor, then a friend, then a random person in a coffee shop to be portrait subjects for 52Portraits.
 
“I’m elated that the total project came together so cohesively,” said Heflin. “I think these portraits tell the story of what an amazing landscape Alameda is to both the people who live here and those who wonder what it’s all about.”
 
52Portraits will be open March 4 through 31, Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit jennheflin.com.