An amazingly friendly, and ever-smiling guy, Henry is the type of photographer who wants to make his own rules, and see things, his way – literally and figuratively. He wants to know, his record of the world, is what we wanted to portray at that point in time. His work is unique in the sense that no trend is followed – and even though that is a good thing – it gets to bug him. Henry – is a photographer to follow.
NAME OF YOUR COMPANY – Henry Marsh Photography, I guess.
WHERE DO YOU RESIDE CURRENTLY – PT of A, South Africa
WHAT IS YOUR TITLE/JOB – Sir? Mr?
Job… That’s a little trickier. I am many things, but in this context, you could say I am the taker of photographs.
WEBSITE LINK – This one is tremendously unused – http://henrymarsh.pixieset.com/
FACEBOOK LINK – https://www.facebook.com/HenryPhotoTaker
TWITTER LINK – @henrymarsh15
INSTAGRAM LINK – @henrymarsh15
Do you have a VERY favourite thing about photography? Definitely, has to be the fact that photography allows me to capture, and keep, moments forever and ever. Least favourite? Ill-informed individuals who don’t understand the amount of work that goes into the process and just want things for mahala.
What is YOUR story, on how you eventually became a photographer? Ooooh. This is a long story. I’ll try shorten it. I was temporarily kicked out of university, and it was almost life’s little way of saying “You should be doing something more interesting with your life.” So I picked up the camera as a means of creative release. It kind of just snowballed from there. Drop Your Drink (now known as Our Friends), along with its Editor, Yetu Dada, were a massive influence in me starting out as a photographer and writer. If it wasn’t for her foresight by allowing me to join the team, I would never have even started taking photography seriously.
How much of your life, is filled with this passion for photography? People might argue that my life revolves around photography. But while this statement may be fairly true, I do study full time (engineering final year student at the University of Pretoria), and play in a band every now and then.
Do you have a specific style – or do you follow any trends at all? Not even slightly. It is something that I struggle with on a day to day basis. I wish there was some underlying theme in the photos that I take, or even in the way that I edit photos. But there isn’t. And it bugs me every day.
Would you like to still be doing what you’re doing until the end of time? Absolutely. I told more than one person the other day that I am always happy when I have a camera in my hand. Doesn’t matter when or why. Except, maybe, baby photography…
Regarding authenticity, I try to keep things, and do things, the way that I enjoy doing them. It’s sometimes difficult to follow my own mantra regarding this though. Sometimes I really feel like I should be doing what everyone else is doing, and then need to physically show myself that I don’t like what everyone else is doing.
Why did you choose the images you chose, for this feature… I really struggled with this bit, but if I had to say, they best show the images that I, myself, am extremely passionate about – the photos that I truly love.
Tell us where your mind wonders…if you were to think where what is, and to be – in five years from now? One word. Traveling. I want to be somewhere that isn’t here, with a camera in my hand, documenting scenes and people from my own perspective. I want to be experiencing things for myself, and not vicariously through the words and photos of others.
Surprise us and share something interesting…
Haha. People always ask me how I take the levitation photos. It’s extremely simple, but it does take a bit of prep. Most importantly, you need a tripod and a small stool/ chair. You take one photo with your subject in the frame. Then, WITHOUT changing focus, take another photo with your subject out of frame (so just the background). You then go into photoshop, apply a layer mask to the photo with your subject, and simply mask out the stool. It really is that simple.
Okay, obviously there are a ton of technical details that would just take too much time to write out, but that is the just of it.
One other thing, and this is a biggie: ALWAYS shoot in great light. If you aren’t shooting in great light, find a way of creating great light. You can find great light at 12 in the middle of the afternoon if you just use your noggin a tiny little bit. This could be by simply placing the sun behind your subject, or finding an ally/ piece of shade. Otherwise, one of the biggest things in photography centers around planning. Plan to shoot during golden hour. It is that important.