What was the best thing about your course at University of Derby?
Becoming aware of the contextual mentality in fine art photography, once I became familiar with it my work progressed beyond pretty photographs and a consistency started to develop. The obvious as well would be having the time to find yourself and meeting like-minded people bouncing off each other’s creativity.
What was the best brief you were given during your course?
Defiantly the final project, it’s all you, you are not restricted by the criteria. I have had a hard time going through the education system as fashion is frowned upon my fine art photography course, I never fitted in with the brief and it affected my grades. I stuck with my passion, took a closer look at myself and developed it to a point where no one could argue.
How much research was needed for each brief given to students?
I’ve always thought the research was quite forced, as when I have ideas I want to pull off I just do them not research 10 other photographers then do my idea, the research should come naturally. From my experience if you research 10 relevant photographers you will always be safe. I decided for my final project I should be honest and true to myself so I made an online workbook, which hadn’t been done before at my uni. It was frowned upon but after a few debates it was accepted and it ended up getting an A+, check it here.
The best thing about being an art student is?
Having the time, money and resources to become who you want to be
What can’t you work without?
I’m not fussy but a camera always helps
What inspires your works?
Anything and Everything
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully as my own photographer taking serious commissions for magazines
How would you describe your works ?
My work has always been constructed around the idea of fashion as art, I use the commercial nature of fashion photography and combine it with a fine art mentality to use fashion images to make statements and express my creativity through them either technically or emotionally. I am interested in the blurred gap between commercial fashion photography and fine art photography; the line between them both is continuing to narrow.
Henry graduated with 2:1 and exhibited in Rankin’s “DIG THE NEW BREED” curated by Tuuli & Rankin 16/09/2011 Annroy Gallery London, a showcase of upcoming fashion photography talent. Contact Henry to offer his first job.