Brian Henry is a self-taught, experimental art photographer and explorer residing in Baltimore, Maryland. His first camera came from money he earned blowing up balloons. While Brian Henry had won a few scholarships to attend art school, he chose to apply his money to his own unscripted, artistic journey. He has traveled up and down the East Coast of the U.S., as well as Europe and the Balkans.
My work is an ongoing journal documenting architectural decay, facing fears, freedom, and mortality. I attempt to portray the beauty I see in forlorn locations and occasionally include myself and others within them. Although many photographs are made, a large part of my work is the adventure of exploring new territory and experiencing the unknown. It often involves traveling far and constant attention to my surroundings.
From a technical standpoint, I primarily use analog processes. When I shoot Polaroid film, I consider it a unique souvenir of my experience. There's something meaningful in creating something tangible within a space that will soon be destroyed, or with someone that will eventually be gone. Other film mediums allow me to bend reality and add additional effects of distress and decay. In some instances, I have used photographic paper and film found in abandoned buildings. Other times, I have buried my images in decaying buildings for effects. It is all part of my attempts at connecting with space and disconnect with time. I also distress a lot of my images to mimic the inevitable decay of photographs with time, a reminder that nothing lasts forever.