The portraits by photographer Laurentina Miksys have been described as opulent, timeless, and emotionally expressive. When they have a soul, images allow our sensitivity to engage with the subject and create empathy with what we see. She believes that this sense of contact changes our state of mind. As such, her photography explores various levels of reality: the reality of who or what is described by the image and the reality of experience and feeling – whether the subject’s, the viewers, or her own. This is what we bring to the image and, once transformed, take it away with us.