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 one day travel around the world; 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’ headshots. 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 discovered journalistic photography, while working for The Sentinel newspaper on St Helena.
Our latest venture is this photography blog launched in January 2015. The timing fell in nicely with a long overdue holiday and travel stock project as we did some globe-trotting during the year to experience some new countries. We’re both relatively late starters when it comes to social media, but beginning to really enjoy 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 currently making the challenging transition into the modern age of air travel.
We’ve also produced our very first e-magazine called, ‘Breeze,’ which we’re really excited about. St Helena’s never had its own magazine, 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 blog; sign up by email to access the e-magazine. The third edition of Breeze was released on 30 January, 2017.
Another big challenge we are undertaking is, Project 365. It’s basically taking one new photograph every single day of the year. We started this on 1 January, 2016 and continue to shoot our daily picture without fail. On 14 May, 2017, we snapped our 500th consecutive photo-of-the-day. It’s ongoing.
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.
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