Jason Henley is a Sydney-based fashion photographer, but for his latest solo exhibition, which opens tomorrow in Darlinghurst, the subject matter is a lot closer to home. Exhibiting during Mental Health awareness month, the exhibition is a series of photographs captured in the two weeks following the passing away of Henley’s mother, after a two-year battle with mental illness.
Having begun shooting in Melbourne, as a means of coping with his sudden loss, Henley then depicted his journey back to his mother’s final resting place- the Philippines. The photographs spent the next year unseen by everyone, including Henley. As time has passed however, so has the photographer’s mindset. As he explains “I decided to try to make something positive out of it. I decided that the only way I would exhibit it, is to do so in a charitable way, to try and help others so that they possible don’t go down the same path my mum did.”
For this reason, 100% of any purchases or donations made from the exhibition will go directly to Beyond Blue and the Mental Health Awareness Association. It seems the generosity has already begun, with the exhibition Shairspace hosting the night for no charge, and Image Science printing Jason Henley’s photographs at no charge. One only has to preview the impressive images themselves- with their emotionally-charged and imperfect landscapes and quiet, sad beauty, to immediately want to support these organisations. At a minimum donation of $100, these prints may not only be some of the most worthwhile art you’ll ever collect, but they’re also the most affordable.
Close To Home
By Jason Henley
1/336 Victoria Street,
Opening Night Oct 10th