1975 B.S. in Biology, California State College, California, PA
1979 Certificate in Photography, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA
I studied photography at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in the late 1970’s using film cameras, and I had my own darkroom. I worked mostly in black and white. But to pay the bills I have worked in a very time consuming, high travel job in Industrial Water Treatment since 1975, most recently as the Director of Polymer Sales and Support for ChemTreat, Inc., a Richmond based company. Five years ago I purchased a Canon T2i digital SLR and began to become focused on relearning photography in the digital age.
Two years ago I had a private lesson with Victoria Dye in Charlottesville which really helped me understand the process of taking an image and getting a good print from it. I upgraded my computer and monitor specifically for the demands digital photography and I use Lightroom to manage and edit my photos.
I also upgraded my lenses, to get better quality images and my favorite is my 100 mm macro lens, and I recently invested in a 100 to 400 mm zoom lens. I try to take photographs which require minimal editing; I want to capture the image in the camera, and require only a small amount of digital tweaking.
I have been entering juried shows at Crossroads Art Center and Artworks in Richmond, VA for the past three years, and I currently am an Artist in Residence at Crossroads. As I will retire in early 2016, I will have more time to focus on my photography, especially travel and scenic photography.
“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.” - Georgia O’Keefe
“Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.” - Amy Lowell
These quotations are not from photographers, but from a painter and a poet. My approach to photography is very much influenced by writers, poets and painters, and I especially love the work of Georgia O’Keefe and Edward Weston. I want the beauty of the natural world to be captured in my photos, and want to show the details that we easily overlook in daily life. It is common to see flowers in a garden, and there is much to admire in a well laid out garden. But, to me, the essence is in often in the details of the individual flowers - the slowly opening petals of a rose; the colors and flair of a calla lily blossom; the dewdrops on the petals of a dahlia. These are the images that excite me to make my photographs, and I want you to see them and experience them as well.
Please visit tomhennessy.zenfolio.com to see additional works including scenic, abstract and floral works.