At just 15 years old, Henry Hirst is a creative weapon with his camera and drone in hand. Armed with the desire to beautifully capture his home town, Henry aspires to pursue a career in photography after high school. He acknowledges that while it will be a challenging journey consisting of hard work and dedication, it would be the ultimate dream job. Kate Sears speaks to the Peninsula Grammar student about how it all began.
When did your passion for photography begin and how?
As a kid I had a keen interest in photography, yet my passion was brought to life by my mum. Growing up, she took many hundreds of photos of family, friends and the places we travelled to. Anything and everything we did we have photos of. Photos give us the opportunity to create time stamps and memories of our past adventures, and after seeing this first hand through my own life, I knew I wanted to try my hand at it. Although it wasn’t drones at first – typically on my iPhone – after capturing my first sunset image on my drone I was hooked.
When did you first try your hand at drone photography?
I am lucky in the sense that I am growing up in an age where technology is constantly changing and evolving, showing that the possibilities are limitless. The idea that you can capture something that you cannot see from that angle is amazing and never fails to surprise me, and this is what drew me into drone photography. My first night flying was what you could call the ‘perfect’ night. It was still and the sunset was a melting pot of pinks, oranges and reds. I still vividly remember showing my dad the footage and he was blown away at the camera stabilisation as well as the quality that could be achieved. Now, after many more flights and photographs captured of the environment that I am surrounded in, I’m not only a lot calmer in the practice of drone photography, but it makes me want to go to new spots and take my skills to a whole new level.
What do you love most about photography?
I think for me it is all about the finer details. The simple task of taking each photo and then looking at the differences and the changes a few seconds can make is amazing. Also, being able to share my images with family and see their reactions and appreciation for each photo is very special for me and only fuels my passion.
Where is your favourite place to photograph on the Peninsula?
Hands down it has to be the local south beach in Mount Martha. With the beach changing constantly it means that no two images are ever the same, and so capturing those moments in time is fascinating, especially in the changing seasons. However, I cannot go past the infamous Pillars. The unique cliffs and crystal-clear water are what make it so unique. It holds many memories for me growing up and always reminds me of happy times – I will never get over it.
Get a taste of Henry’s bird’s-eye images and more on Instagram @henry.hirstphotography