PVAC Online Exhibition with HABITAT CALIFORNIA: Flora & Fauna
Most of what happens when I put a camera into use can be blamed on the device. There’s also an old maxim from one of my father’s med school professors that rings out in the work I create, “The antidote to anxiety is action.” If you get your feet moving and look for something to document, sometimes art is the result of that action.
I don’t do much post to an image after a camera captures it. If it comes out, it’s a victory, but if the image fails to fully develop, that might be a message about the process, and there’s nothing about photography that isn’t process-oriented. Sometimes I work with trail cams, sometimes with high-end digital devices and sometimes I use old photographic slides I inherited from family members. But the one thing that is the same is the endless search of angles and light for the chance to preserve a single moment. If the subject is a coyote, I go out and spend time among the coyotes. Whether the subject is an animal, or a car or a person, you have to observe it for a while to get to know how you want to ignite its presence. – Henry Cherry
Henry Cherry is a teaching artist at Palos Verdes Art Center who teaches photography basics in the John Wessel Photography Program
and instructs on behalf of PVAC at The Beacon House
. Cherry studied painting and film at Antioch College in Ohio and has worked as a cowhand, a chef, a documentary filmmaker, and a screenwriter. He lives and works in Los Angeles. A documentary about late jazz musician Henry Grimes is in the works.