As soon as I entered Henry’s studio I’ve got the feeling of being in a very familiar geeky place. There was a lot of messy technical gear all around, filling shelves, tables and the floor: cameras, lens, light equipment, cables, batteries and a couple of strangely looking devices. Despite the visual mess I knew, that each tool here serves a purpose. This is the Henry’s lair.
Being an engineer, at some moment of his life Henry changed his vocation to photography. He lived in New York and worked as an assistant for some good photographers at the beginning of the career. Jay Maisel was one of his mentors in 80’s. “Very difficult character, but an amazing eye”, that is how Henry described Maisel.
Of course it is impossible to scratch an engineering background off one’s personality (I know that from my own transition), so Henry tried to apply his curious mind to different aspects of photography. Although his main occupation is studio photography, specifically fashion photography, his macro photography works are not less impressive.
During our short meeting Henry introduced me to some of his inventions that he constructed himself:
- a reflective black screen which allows to use any picture from the phone as a backdrop for studio photography without any overhead projector
- a single line LED computerized portable projector
- a computer operated device for synchronizing falling water drops, to be photographed, with a high speed shutter
I felt lucky to catch Henry in his studio because, having his studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he is living a very busy life, flying on assignments all over the world to shoot fashion for big names. It was clear that photography for him is not only a passion but also his entire life.
I really enjoyed Henry’s exceptional personality, and was very pleased meeting him.
I started "How I See You" project to get to know better my colleagues, American photographers. During personal photo sessions of the project I have a chance to discuss what is important for us, to see their favorite places, and to understand their world a little better.
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