Making this portrait artist used shadows and silhouette for the sense of mystery and secret. The guard one puts up around himself so others can’t hurt him but it leads to him being alone and detached. This is a male portrait but artist used feathers for making it, so it shows the vulnerable and delicate part of men, the part that men are afraid to show and open up about because it is a taboo. They get judged for sharing it, they hide this side and they don’t share their feelings. And wearing this masculine brave mask upon man becoming lonely inside.