From St Helena Island
Raised eyebrows and a curious look is an occasional reaction from people when we refer to ourselves as Saints. Let’s clear that up first, in case you’re wondering. People born on the Island of St Helena are called St Helenians, or Saints for short.
We are photographers from St Helena. “What The Saints Did Next” is simply the two of us, sharing our passion and adventures on this photography blog.
Married, no kids and with an ambition to travel as much of the the world as we can; that’s us, Darrin and Sharon Henry. Photography for us, is still primarily a hobby, albeit a hobby that’s learned to pay its own way.
Over the years we’ve photographed nearly everything you can think of: weddings, christenings and birthday parties. Family portraits, modelling portfolios and actors’ head shots.
We’ve shot a clothing line for a designer at London Fashion Week, a catalogue for a fancy dress company and a promo for an amateur theatre group. We’ve been commissioned to photograph interiors of luxury flats, roller coasters in theme parks and even dead bodies in the morgue. Yep, pretty much everything else along the way.
From 2011 to 2014 we immersed ourselves in journalistic photography, while working for The Sentinel newspaper on St Helena.
Starting A Photography Blog
Our most challenging photography venture is now this blog, launched in January 2015.
We’re both relatively late starters when it comes to social media and blogging, but finding it a real buzz how this ‘sharing’ culture is giving our photography a fresh impetus, almost on a daily basis.
It’s also a great way to show off our beautiful home island which is still making the challenging transition into the modern age of air travel.
We’ve now produced four copies of our Breeze magazine (an e-magazine) which we’re really excited about.
St Helena’s never had its own magazine before Breeze, but if it did, this is how we would like it to look; fascinating stories and amazing photography.
‘Breeze’ is an annual production and is available exclusively (and free) for followers of our photography blog; sign up by email to access the e-magazine. The fourth edition of Breeze was published on 1 February, 2018.
The Photo-A-Day Challenge, Project 365
Another big challenge we are undertaking, and already into our third year, is, Project 365.
It’s basically capturing one new photograph every single day of the year. We started this on 1 January, 2016 and continue to shoot our daily picture every day since without fail. On 1 January, 2018, we snapped our 732nd consecutive photo-of-the-day. It’s ongoing.
Other Projects For What The Saints Did Next
As a partnership behind the camera, we already have more than twenty years together, on tape/film/DVD/compact flash cards. Video and stills ran side by side for many years, but now we’re pretty much exclusive with stills.
Living on such a small island we sometimes get involved in many community projects with our photography. This has included the recent First Generation photography exhibition and the Miss St Helena 2018 competition.
So that’s a little about who we are. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the photography and posts enough to become a follower. Just sign up by email; we promise no junk mail.
Thanks for visiting our photography blog.
Darrin & Sharon Henry