About Us

Soaked but having the most amazing time.
Soaked but having the most amazing time on the yacht, Banjo, South Africa, in March 2015.

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.

St Helena is a tiny island, just 48 square miles in size, in the South Atlantic Ocean.
St Helena is a tiny island, just 48 square miles in size, in the South Atlantic Ocean. Our closest neighbour is the even smaller Ascension Island, 700 miles to the north west. It used to take us five days to reach Cape Town by ship, but this has changed since an airport was opened on the island in October 2018. Click here for the main questions we get asked about St Helena.

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.

Some of our blog adventures so far. Photography keeps us active and trying new things.
Some of our blog adventures so far. Photography keeps us active and trying new things.

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.

Preparing to board a plane at Heathrow, London, March 2015, off on a photography blog adventure..
Preparing to board a plane at Heathrow, London, on our way to Bangkok, Thailand. March 2015.

Breeze E-Magazine

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.

Cheers

Darrin & Sharon Henry

 

32 Comments

  1. Great blog !! My name is Marcus, I’m from Brazil and I love Santa Helena Island, I want to meet this beautiful place one day! do you have Facebook?

  2. Hi Darrin and Sharon. I should have found this site ages ago, but have only just explored it. It’s great, good to read and good to look at. Have signed up and can’t wait for the next edition! If you’re ever in the Cheshire area let me know, it would be good to catch up.

    1. Great to hear from you Phil, glad you’ve discovered WTSDN. Lots of posts to catch up on for you 🙂 May well be in your area in 2017 – will be good to see you again, nearly 20 years… even more to catch up on. Cheers

  3. I. really enjoy your blog and I’m following it constantly. I’m very excited to see the new plane, the RJ as everyone calls it, making plans to start regular service next year. I will be traveling to your beautiful Island as soon as I can after they start. I have had problems emailing anyone on the island, but it looks like your site is accepting my post since you have a dot com address. I have been getting the weekly news bites releases from SAMS for about a year, and anything that I see from St Helena. I wish you the best as you publish your magazine. You are very refreshing.
    Bill Fulgham, owner – WPBQ 1240AM, KBRA 95.9FM, and Fultec Engineering, Jackson, Ms. US, http://www.team1240.com

    1. Thanks for the comment Bill and for following WTSDN. We all have our fingers crossed that regular flights to/from St Helena start soon. New Breeze e-magazine coming out soon (January). Cheers

  4. I came across your blog while researching holiday destinations.

    I love what you are doing and how photography is the fuel. I am learning and travelling with my photography too – you now have a friend in Kenya, give me a shout when you come through!

    1. Thanks Samir, much appreciated. Had a look at your blog and see we share similar passions with the camera. Would love to visit Kenya someday, so thanks for the offer. Enjoyed your ‘Every day, I fall in love with this city more and more’ post – sounds like a great challenge to do justice to the ‘real’ city. Cheers 🙂

  5. Darren & Sharen, this is fantastic you both work together so hard for so long and still enjoying it ,it just shows what saints can do –next ,have fun and enjoy everything you both do. regards freddie & samir.

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  6. Sharon and Darrin,
    I really enjoyed meeting you both yesterday in Fancy Farm, Kentucky, USA! I look forward to following your adventure. Hopefully, the pictures of our Belgian mares and colts turn out to your satisfaction.

    Safe travels…Stephanie

    1. Hey Stephanie – so good to hear from you. The photo’s came out great, thanks for being so gracious. We popped into St Jerome’s church as we passed through Fancy Farm because you mentioned it. Saw your family name on some of the stain glass windows. Happy 4th July to you and your family. 🙂

  7. Amelia and I enjoyed meeting you today in New Roads, LoUiSiAna. You’re a lovely, interesting couple we intend to follow for a very long time. Be safe in your travels. Joette

    1. Hi Joette, the pleasure was all ours, meeting you both set us up nicely for our long drive today. Amelia is clearly very talented but also such a lovely little girl. Definitely one to keep an eye on for the future. If you’re ever in South Africa we know the most amazing artist you should meet (she’s on our blog). Best to you both, cheers, Darrin & Sharon 🙂

  8. Good luck on your travels, this is an amazing thing to be doing and sharing. I’ll watch the lens of world unfold from the comforts of my home. xxx

    1. Hopefully we can do photographic justice to these wonderful experiences we’re having. Thanks for the feedback Lolly, great to have you following. Cheers 🙂

  9. Congratulations and Good luck to both of you… Visiting this island has been a dream for a long time now, but I need to find a way to fund this dream… In the mean time I’ll enjoy every line and pictures in your blog and magazine…!!! Thank you very much…!!! 🙂

  10. congrates Darren and Sharon on your adventure. Have enjoyed what the saints did next and love seeing what’s going on at home. Look forward to Breeze.

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