Depression | Weekly RHW | Episode 015 by Ryan Henwood-White

On this episode of Weekly RHW, I talk on the topic of depression. While I recommend them both, please speak to a medical health professional for specific information regarding therapy and antidepressants that are right for you if you are suffering from depression. Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14

Intro music by DA Carter (@daspex)
Intro video by Vuk Mikic.

'Creative Ruminations' with Lou Millar | Weekly RHW | Episode 011 by Ryan Henwood-White

This is the first episode of 'Creative Ruminations', a new segment of Weekly RHW in which I spontaneously chat with other creatives of various disciplines,  about our creative process, passion, and purpose. In this episode, I speak to Lou Millar, a friend and local musician who creates individually and with a band 'Twin Caverns'. We discuss writing, mental health, performance, routine, and vulnerability.

https://loumillar.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/louisemmillar
https://www.facebook.com/louisemmillar7/
https://twincaverns.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/twin-caverns
https://www.facebook.com/twincavernsmusic/

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Intro music by DA Carter (@daspex)
Intro video by Vuk Mikic.

Shifting perspectives on diversity by Ryan Henwood-White

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From 2015-2016 I was working on two series of photos entitled ‘Femininity’ and ‘Masculinity’, with the former being the priority. I have experienced massive growth as a person since working on these projects, and I wanted to speak out publicly a little about that.

At the time I was so passionate and close to the art that I was unable to see the lack of diversity, and unwilling to listen to the few who expressed this to me. My relationship with my hardcore feminist activist wife, budding openness to sexuality, and perspective on gender and sex has morphed and evolved since then.

I am very proud of the work and do not regret making it, however, in hindsight, I would have done it a lot differently. These days I aim to create art that is as diverse as possible, regarding body types, gender, sex, ethnicity, orientation, and standards of beauty. In the past, I didn’t go out of my way to seek diversity and photographed the people who were easily accessible to me. Now, I am putting a lot more effort into that search. I still align with the concepts of femininity and masculinity but will endeavour to seek out people who fall all along the spectrum, no matter what genitals they have between their legs. Some of these images are sexual and some are completely non-sexual. I value both. I will continue to shoot nude photography outside of the constraints of these ‘series’ and work in this field alongside ‘Portraiture’, and ‘Sexuality’ as perspectives I have on humanity.

It is with this perspective that I am approaching my work surrounding sexuality, and this delights me tremendously. My goal is not necessarily to arouse but to create an environment in which people can express themselves as they please. So far some of the subjects have expressed themselves for their own liberation and freedom, others are exhibitionists who do desire for the art to turn people on. I am doing my best to stay objective through these experiences and allow the subject to control what they share, how they share it, and the perspective from which I shoot it. As an artist, I am still making all the most important decisions as to how the final work looks, but my empathetic side would have it no other way. I believe this approach is what makes this work so liberating, diverse, and hopefully unique.

With love,

Ryan.

'Sexuality' series by Ryan Henwood-White

I've started working on a new series entitled 'Sexuality'. This project is very important to me and core to my own expanding sexuality. I've only recently begun self-identifying as queer, and have started to embrace myself more than ever before.

My wife coined the term "un-sexy sexuality" and that's really what I think this photograph, and hopefully a lot of the series will capture. Sexuality can be fluid, fun, silly, playful, sexy, serious, perverse, intense, interesting, and unique. I am creating with individuals on their terms to express themselves in whatever way they choose to.

It is important to me that the people involved in this project are diverse, or as diverse as I can manage with the people who are interested in such subject matter. I'm looking for people of all bodies, genders, sexes, ethnicities, orientations, preferences, kinks, and fetishes, as long as it's raw, human, and real.

This is the start of a new journey for me and I'm grateful that I can be witnessed as I grow and create with other like minds. It has been a long road of success, failure, and learning for me to get to this point.

This shoot was with the lovely Bianca Wolff Photography and Fine Art and her friends. It was an absolute pleasure and joy to share in this moment with these beautiful human beings.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey!

Ryan.

#FocusThursday - Ralph Gibson by Ryan Henwood-White

"Ralph Gibson (born January 16, 1939) is an American art photographer best known for his photographic books. His images often incorporate fragments with erotic and mysterious undertones." - Wikipedia

Ralph Gibson is one of the photographers that initially inspired me to shoot nudes. I was drawn to his framing, the way he captured sexuality and humanity in a way that was often objectifying, not to dehumanise, but to create universality and mystery. Particularly when photos are placed in series, alongside one another, it creates a story, an arc, of feeling, of mood, without saying anything outright. For this reason, I love photography, and Gibson uses this possibility exquisitely.

In an interview with Bird In Flight he discussed the abstraction of black and white photography: "Reality exists in a 100% scale, 3 dimensions, and in colour. When you are taking black and white photographs, you reduce it to one dimension, reduce it in scale to an 11 by 14 inch print and you reduce it to 2 dimensions, flat surface. It is abstracted three steps away from reality.

In this abstraction, you get a lot of power. It’s more monumental, more epic. With color, you are only two steps away. It is more difficult to make a color photograph that is as good as a black and white photograph. It is much more complex, and I like the challenge."

In this way he is using the power of elimination to create images which hint at meaning, which may or may not have originally contained such meaning. By removing dimensions of life a photographer is able to contextualise otherwise meaningless objects into ones with gravity, hinting at what is beyond the frame. Even after Gibson has created an image with meaning to him, the way in which the art is perceived at large may be different entirely. Thus is the power of art.

#FocusThursday - Mark Seliger by Ryan Henwood-White

"Seliger began working for Rolling Stone in 1987, and served as its chief photographer from 1992 to 2002 and shot more than 100 covers for the magazine. As of 2010, Seliger lives in New York City, and works for Conde Nast Publications. He has shot a number of covers for GQ and Vanity Fair." - Wikipedia

Having shot for Rolling Stone for such a lengthy period of time Seliger has had the opportunity to photograph many famous artists. What an honour to collaborate with so many masters of their craft. The collaboration between a photographer and their subject is a unique and exciting one, especially when connecting with individuals who too know the struggle of artistic endeavors and the vulnerabilities of sharing oneself with the world. Seliger has a knack for making people comfortable to express themselves as his pictures clearly demonstrate. I hope to have the opportunity to photograph many more artists in the future like Seliger. He has shot a lot of colour work too, but I'm drawn particularly to his black and white film work on peel apart, 4x5, etc. The whole film vibe is hugely appealing to me.

#FocusThursday - Yousuf Karsh by Ryan Henwood-White

Yousuf Karsh, (December 23, 1908 – July 13, 2002) was an Armenian–Canadian portrait photographer. He has been called one of the great portrait photographers of the 20th century by Time magazine and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with the latter noting the "distinct style in his theatrical lighting." - Wikipedia

Karsh is one of the great past masters of portrait photography, in my mind standing alongside Avedon and Penn as one of the best photographers who ever lived. Karsh understood that which I have learnt through hundreds of photo shoots, said in his own words here... "Within every man and woman a secret is hidden, and as a photographer, it is my task to reveal it if I can. The revelation, if it comes at all, will come in a small fraction of a second with an unconscious gesture, a gleam of the eye, a brief lifting of the mask that all humans wear to conceal their innermost selves from the world. In that fleeting interval of opportunity, the photographer must act or lose his prize."

Karsh was a master of studio lighting and there is much for me to glean through his work. As I continue to create and eventually gain access to a larger studio and more lighting equipment, I hope to develop the subtleties of studio lighting that Karsh achieved in his work. It is a combination of his depth of lighting knowledge and his ability to interact with his subjects that achieves such breathtaking results.

#FocusThursday - David Uzochukwu by Ryan Henwood-White

David Uzochukwu, born 1998, is originally from Innsbruck, Austria. He lives in Luxembourg, Germany. David started making photos from the age of 12 with his mother's point and shoot, documenting everything around him. While focusing on a lot of portraiture, he is best known for his self portraiture which I find to be incredibly unique. 

I see reoccurring themes in his work, including that of isolation, connection, comfort, longing, bliss and discovery. There really is no one quite like him. At the age of 18 he is making art far beyond that of many people twice his age. David clearly has dedication to his craft and clarity of vision which has produced these phenomenal results.

daviduzochukwu.com

#FocusThursday - Dan Winters by Ryan Henwood-White

Dan Winters, (born October 21, 1962) is an American portrait photographer, illustrator, filmmaker and writer. Dan started his career as a photojournalist. He moved on to magazine assignments and an incredible body of personal work photographing all kinds of subject matter, including celebrity portraiture and scientific imagery. Dan is a master of light, but also a master of the authentic moment with a subject. Like all of the portrait photographer I admire, it really comes to to a mastery of technique and equipment so that one can connect with a subject and create a real moment within the context of a complex setup. There is much for me to learn about his lighting technique and I gain more experience, gear, and experience shooting portraits.

danwintersphoto.com

#FocusThursday - Tim Walker by Ryan Henwood-White

"Timothy "Tim" Walker (born 1970) is a British fashion photographer, who regularly shoots for Vogue, W Magazine and LOVE Magazine.

After graduating in 1994, Walker worked as a freelance photography assistant in London before moving to New York City as a full time assistant to Richard Avedon. On returning to England, he initially concentrated on portrait and documentary work for UK newspapers. At the age of 25, he shot his first fashion story for Vogue." - Wikipedia

Tim Walker is an absolutely phenomenal conceptual photographer. He primarily shoots conceptual fashion and portraiture including elements of circus, gender play, distortion, non-sexual nudity, lost civilization and character. Walker clearly has access to a huge design budget bringing elements of fashion, sculpture, architecture and props into the mix. There is a clear eye for detail in his composition and attention to the pose of the subjects. I imagine his process is very time intensive with huge setups and pulldowns for each of these spaces. These images are the product of a sizeable team and an incredible photographer. Truly awe inspiring work. Check more of it out here: timwalkerphotography.com