Today we’d like to introduce you to Timothy Hennessy.
Timothy, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My mom was an artist and was always drawing, painting and crafting things. It had a big influence on me, and I wanted to follow in her footsteps. I dreamed of making a living painting. I still love to draw, but painting never agreed with me. During my first year of college, I heard a film teacher refer to cinematography as painting with light and was immediately enthralled. I started paying attention to the lighting in movies and how it affected the tone and feel. How it rounded out and supported the story. Somewhere early on I picked up a Vivitar 35mm camera with a 50mm 1.7 lens. In my mind, it was a cheaper means to practice composition and lighting. I started taking my camera out in Baltimore/D.C. area, shooting whatever caught my eye. It grew into its own thing beyond just a reference for cinematography. It was an outlet to capture interesting light and to frame the world the way I saw it. So still photography by way of cinematography became this really amazing creative outlet for me.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m really in love with my Polaroid land camera right now. It takes this amazing Fuji peel apart film that’s discontinued. Most photography only exists digitally, but with the Polaroid camera, I get a physical print in my hands immediately. The camera was converted so Cinematographers could check exposure onset before wasting motion picture film. With my Polaroid work, I’m searching for inspiration in light, shadow, color, composition, character, etc. There is definitely a testing quality to it, but I still want people to get a sense of a larger story being told and to potentially be intrigued. Then for me, it’s about holding the actual print in my hands. I’ll never tire of that because it’s tangible and real. It just makes me feel good.
Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I do not think the role of the artist has changed. Even in times of less distress there are issues that need our attention and can be brought beautifully into focus by a creative mind. Local, national or international events should always inform your art I suppose. So if you are paying attention, the happenings of the world you inhabit will creep into what you see and do creatively. Seems natural.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I recently had some instant pictures up for an exhibit at LSH CoLab. Was a lot of fun. Looking to do more of that soon. I also post some instant photography on Instagram at @timhennessy and on my website at timothyhennessy.com. I’m told that followership, likes and “engagement” are good so…people could do that if they were inclined.
- Website: timothyhennessy.com
- Instagram: @timhennessy