About - Jeff Henry Photography

About Me

Taking a short break from photographing Tasman Lake. South Island, New Zealand; October 2012

Photography has been a passion of mine for years. I remember as a kid looking through issues of Popular Photography, and calling the stores in New York City to see how much different cameras cost. I’m not sure why I didn’t start shooting at a younger age, but for some reason I didn’t own or have access to a camera. It wasn’t until years later when I took a dark room and black & white photography course that I got hooked. There was just something magical about watching an image appear on a piece of paper as it soaked in the developer for a few minutes. That first class led to several more, experiments with different camera systems and formats, and the use of different technologies and techniques.

As I look back on it now, my first photography trip was back in 1989, when I initially visited China. I took a little point and shoot, a bunch of slide film, and shot everything I could for the three weeks we were there. Unfortunately, those slides have long been lost, having moved more times than I can remember since that first major trip.  Too bad, as I'd love to see those slides now.

Since that time I have made countless trips to remote and not-so-remote places to photograph the landscapes, culture, and people. Bhutan, Morocco, New Zealand, Japan, Scotland, Myanmar and more. Each has provided incredible photographic opportunities, and a lifetime worth of memories.

I‘m often asked why I enjoy photography so much. I’m not sure there is any one concrete answer that would suffice. I love the aesthetic, artistic and technical aspects of photography, which must all converge to create a great photography. The artistic aspects of photography probably stem from my time as a classical musician; now instead of expressing myself through music I try to evoke emotion through still images. I like the hard work of creating an image, be that getting up hours before dawn to get the perfect sunrise shot or staying out long after the sun has set to capture the stars. I’ve been cold, hot, dehydrated, exhausted, drenched, and blown over in my photographic adventures, but I almost always have a smile on my face when I’m out shooting.

The technical challenges associated with photography today are one of the other things I love about it. Getting out into the field and capturing the image is only the first in a long series of steps, and throughout the entire process technical issues present themselves and must be overcome. From getting focus and exposure correct before pressing the shutter, to post processing images on the computer when back in the studio. With the pace technology  changing there are always new techniques to learn and master, which I find exciting, daunting and challenging.

While the earliest stages of my photography journey were with film and darkrooms, I made the stitch to digital when it was still in its infancy. I remember buying the first Canon DSLR that came to market at a reasonable price, and being awed by it. Eventually, I began to move back to film and “traditional” techniques, albeit with a hybrid analogue-digital workflow. There is just something calming about using a film camera…pressing the shutter and knowing you either got the shot or didn’t, and that you won’t be able to see the result until after the film is developed. Film or digital, they are both just mediums and tools, and each has their place and use.  Lately, however, I find myself shooting more digital; the convenience is just too good to pass up.

I hope you enjoy the photos shown on this site. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.

One of my favorite pictures of myself. Thanks to my good friend Ardi for putting it together; May 2011

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