Bill Henson, Photographer.
Regarded as one of the most sophisticated and controversial photographers of modern times, Henson is a true master of photography. Captivated by the essence of Twilight, his work is often a balance of the sublime colours of sunset and the darkness of the night. His 2008 show at the Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery in Australia caused outrage as Henson featured underage nude models. After several complaints the show was postponed and yet the case was never taken to court. The former director of the National Gallery of Australia Betty Churcher was quoted as saying “the court is not the place to discuss matters of art”
Though I sympathise with the concern raised, I also see the true beauty within Henson’s work. The nude children represent a beautiful, youthful innocence and when placed next to the euphoric landscapes Henson also captures, a timeless beauty is created. The essence of tranquility with an undeniable underlying theme of metaporphosis is just as powerful a juxtaposition as that between the human and natural world.