This is a truly beautiful photo. This is a great example of how different textures can make a black and white photo stunningly vivid. For me, black and white is all about showing off contrast and texture, and this photo does an awesome job of that.
Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? - That depends a good deal on where you want to get to. - I don't much care where - Then it doesn't matter which way you go. Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.
I like this portrait because, first of all, it uses the Rule of Thirds by places the eye near the intersection. Also, it focuses specifically on certain features of the face: eyes and freckles. The hood and hair in eyes brings mystery also.