Drawing from my many years working in technology, I often incorporate old or obsolete equipment in my artwork, like making pinhole camera photographs using old Polaroid cameras, or using old computer equipment.
My current body of work utilizes computer paper punch tape to explore notions of identity, anonymity and information access. The casual collecting of vintage photographs evolved into a fascination with the details of the lives of the people staring back from the photographs.
There is something inherently sad about finding old photographs in a box of junk at a flea market. Who were these people? Who kept these memories for so long? Why have they now been abandoned? The final images of these people, whose information I wanted to know about but never could, are rendered in an obsolete physical data format that is we are no longer able to read.
Henry lives in Brooklyn and maintains a studio at Crane Street Studios in Long Island City where he builds his pinhole cameras and programs obsolete computer equipment. His work has recently been on exhibit at The Micro Museum (Brooklyn), The Rider Project at the DUMBO Arts Festival (Brooklyn), and Gallery RFD (Georgia), and in numerous private collections.