John Henderson

John Henderson

He / Him
Flourtown, United States


For me it all began some 50 years ago when I purchased my first 35mm film SLR camera a Canon FDb. Eventually I built my own darkroom and began processing black & white photos occasionally dabbling in color slides. For the next 15 years I tried to perfect my craft through taking and analyzing photos, increasing my knowledge from books and photography classes.
Since raising a family and trying to make a living was paramount, photography took a back seat over the next 25 years. After I retired, I returned to fully focusing on photography and embraced the digital technology that has transformed the landscape in photography. I began digitizing my archive of analog photographs, which provided a creative jolt that inspired me to renew my life as a photographer.
Presently, the camera is my constant companion so I never to miss an opportunity to capture a slice of time, a place or the richness of life. It’s such a part of me, friends and family no longer ask “why did you bring that camera?” Now that I’ve returned to photography, my love for it has become renewed.

Artist Statement

I use photography as an expression of how I see the world around me. My choices of subjects tend to be intuitive so my photographs are diverse and unique to my beliefs and appreciation of life.
My photographs are the story of my journey wandering, whether it is biking, hiking, traveling, walking or driving, looking for the unexpected or something that we see every day but in a way that resonates emotionally. The stream-of-conscious themes of my work are created as I explore and interpret the world around me. My goal is to make photographs that are personally compelling, and which draw viewers in but also allow for their own interpretation based on their emotional and life experiences.
After working for several decades early in my photographic career using black & white analog film and darkroom techniques, I recently discovered digital photography which opened a whole new and different way of working and seeing. Digital techniques have allowed me to re-visit my archive of analogue work to create new interpretations, and have inspired me to produce new digital images.

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