We’re talking to the photographers behind Drop Your Drink. You’ll get to learn how they work and what drives them. First up in the series was Kresha Ross, a New Zealand-based photographer. We’re talking to our next photographer, Henry Marsh. He’s based in Pretoria.
DYD: You have such an expansive portfolio which includes landscape, portraiture, wildlife and concert photography. How did you start your photographic journey and what made you focus on those genres of photography?
Henry: I actually started my photography journey way back when I was in school. I was always the guy with a camera, fascinated with the idea of engraining memories into something that would last. In the days of film, I was never really bothered with the science and art behind photography and was simply okay with taking random snapshots. But then, in mid-2013, I actually went through a bit of a rough patch with my health, studies and life in general, and photography just became my outlet. It was then that I joined the awesome DYD team and started taking my craft more seriously. It was with this transition that I took up concert and portrait photography. I’m still learning a butt load, but I’d like to think my skills have developed a lot from the young kid taking photos of his mates on camp.
DYD: Who are you as a photographer and how would you describe your style?
Henry: Simplest answer would be for me to say that I have absolutely no idea. After almost two years of being in the industry, I’m still trying to find myself and create an identity – something that people will immediately say, “Hey, that’s Henry Marsh’s work.”
DYD: We’ve seen a big focus on concert photography in your work. What differentiates you from other photographers shooting concert photography?
Henry: Obviously concert photography is a large part of what I do because it was the driving force of getting me into the industry and getting my work noticed. It’s also because of concert photography that I get to work with DYD and some of the best creatives in the industry. I always tell people that I really struggle to be creative and so I try to make up for that fact by ensuring that my work is “technically” correct. In other words I really just try to make sure my images are sharp :P
DYD: Which musical act do you enjoy shooting most during a live performance?
Henry: Oooh, this is definitely a difficult question. I have shot a LOT of different bands in my short stint as a concert photographer and there have been a lot of phenomenal acts. But if I had to name one or two, the first names to come to mind would have to be Fokofpolisiekar and WONDERboom just because of their insane stage presence and passion.
DYD: What are some of your thoughts on the concert photography scene in Pretoria? Is it good? Does it suck? What needs to change?
Henry: Concert photography in Pretoria is a massive, booming, industry. So much so that anyone and his dog, with a camera, is now taking photos and calling themselves a pro. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – everyone needs to start somewhere. It just means that as a concert photographer in Pretoria, you have to compete with a LOT of images that are being put out.
DYD: What gear have you relied on during your progression as a photographer?
Henry: A lot of photographers will tell you that the best gear is the gear you have on you. And I’m one of those guys who’s always looking to invest in some new lens/ gear to “improve” my photos (it’s a bad habit, I know). But there has really only been one steadfast piece of gear that has been in my bag, pretty much, since the beginning. That’s my Canon 6D.
I can only explain it in one word: Full Frame.
DYD: Can you tell us about any great moments you’ve had as a photographer?
Henry: The best moments I’ve had as a photographer are getting to meet the people who are in front of your lens. Whether it’s one of the guys from the band you just watched perform, or one of the street kids you just walked past. Meeting PEOPLE has been the highlight of my photography career.
DYD: In your opinion, what makes a great photographer?
Henry: I hope my answer isn’t too generic, but to me, a great photographer is someone who is able to portray his own emotion into an image. You’re not just looking and seeing some place or someone, but you actually feel like you’re there, experiencing the whole vibe.
DYD: Which local and international photographers inspire you?
Henry: I recently crossed a social network barrier and joined Instagram – all I can say is WOW. There is actually so much talent out in the world. It’s because of Instagram that I have too many photographer crushes to name. I do however have some people who have inspired me from the start. All the ‘togs from DYD have been massive influences in how I create images. Special mention must go out to Lourens Smit simply because I have such a professional jealousy of the way that he creates images.
DYD: Where can we find more of your work?
The easiest place to find an up to date set of my work is most certainly my Instagram account, but I do have a Facebook page and of course there are Drop Your Drink’s pages: