This idea is very similar to the work of Robert Mapplethorpe. i like the way it only uses two elements to the portrait, the hand and the head, in oppose to showing the whole body. i feel this makes it more expressive and meaningful, drawing your focus to the most important parts f the portrait. i feel it represents the dark and light sides to me. i also like the idea of the heart in my hand, representing the idea that my life is in my hands. i believe making this image black and white will absorb the life from the portrait and make it more effective.