Brighton-based photographer Matt Henry draws most of his photographic inspiration from America of the 1960s and ’70s. Using props sourced from both the UK and the United States, Henry construct elaborates sets for his staged scenes.
His work plays with memory fragments of American photography, cinema and literature, he explains, to “explore underlying ideological concerns”. The result is images of small town, semi-rural life where dramas of love, sex, family and death are played out.
Henry’s series, Blue River Falls, which was two years in the making, is currently on show at his gallery, One Eyed Jacks, in Brighton. Gemma Padley caught up with him to find out more about his photographic approach and vision.
BJP: How and why did Blue River Falls come about?
MH: It’s personal work so it was self-driven, rather than commissioned, but it’s difficult to isolate the seed as it’s two years since I started it. From memory, I think it was a combination of failed relationships and bingeing on American neo-noir movies like Blood Simple, Blue Velvet, Cape Fear, and recently Drive, as well as the darker elements of the television seriesTwin Peaks [that sparked the series].