Brett Henrikson | Providence RI, USA

Short bio…

Brett Henrikson is a Providence based Artist/Photographer. Brett’s passion of photography is based strongly in the craft and alchemy of the process, from the dying art of C-Printing to traditional Silver Gelatin and the Historical Wet Plate Collodion process, he believes that the hands on aspects of working in the darkroom and using a large format camera give the artist a real sense of creation over their work.

You shoot film because…

In 2008 during my second year at RISD, the school had decided to get rid of their color photography program. They felt that with the trend of photo-labs closing down, they didn’t see the purpose in teaching students a medium that would discontinue. They ended up giving me the equipment, I set up a color darkroom in the basement of a mill building. I began making experimental C-Prints and working with Wet Plate Collodion. I feel that working in the darkroom is magical and meditative.

Your photography feels like…

Vision, camera movements lead the view into the image with the softness felt by our own eyes. Skin becomes metallic, and the slow nature of working in the darkroom takes on a meditative quality. The portraits are of friends and couples, who sit for me. They are not meant to be over the top images, I seek a simple intimacy in the photographs. I aim for the images to take on the same meditative state that the process offers me in the darkroom, a simple beauty, a quiet intimacy.

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