Where is home for you?
RH: I currently live in Lehi, Utah, a smaller town near the Salt Lake Valley. While spending the majority of my life here I have lived many places and done a fair amount of travel. Even with all that I keep finding myself here because of the beauty and ruggedness of the desert.
When did you start making photographs?
RH: I remember the day. I was 4. My mother was working in her studio being a commercial and portrait photographer, handed me a polorid land camera, black and white, and said go make something with this. I still have some of the images I made that day and I have to say it freaks me out a bit that there are significant parallels to my work today.
Do you have any formal training in Photography?
RH: I have had the benefit of being taught by 3 generations of my family as well as some of the better known photographers and artists for many years. I love taking and giving workshops and having get-togethers with peers, mentors, and students. No matter how many classes I have attended I am constantly amazed at what I can learn. I an’t recommend enough to others to take some of the resources they spend on equipment and supplies to use it to take a class, any class.
Where do you find inspiration for your photography?
RH: I find inspiration by creation. The more I work the more I see. I have a very hard time sitting about coming up with the next great idea for an image. In fact, I don’t think it’s within me to do so, but when I am out making images I get in a rhythm and the more I work, the more I see.
Why do you choose to photograph in black and white?
RH: The images I create are intended to evoke memory. I want the images to bring back in a rush of emotion the memories of others. Not necessarily those the image itself may represent but I memories that come from the light and texture of the image.
I know you are a large format photographer for the most part, why do you like to use the large format over another format?
RH: Really I feel most at home with an 8x10 view camera. I am happy to use what ever camera I have but in terms of efficiency, we, my camera and I, just seem to fit together. I do find myself using many 19th century processes to bring my images to closure and as with many the older processes are contact only -- can not be enlarged -- I need a negative of respectable size in order to create a decent size print.
What is your biggest challenge when making your work?
RH: Time is the most difficult resource to find. I know of few artists who can support themselves with their art alone. I think those who do find that the pressures of creation have a price to be paid. I may not like a day job compared to my art, but I prefer my art not as a day job.
Do you like to plan where and what you are going to photograph before you go out into the field? Do you do any pre visualization in your capture process?
RH: I will head out to a particular place but I want what I find to surprise me. I find, by the way, it’s not always a nice surprise. I will find there will be something there for me to see. I can see it when I’m there, and I go to the same place over and over to find something different every time I am there. As to pre-visualization, I find that I have developed an eye for the processes I use. I can get an idea of how an image might look through a particular process simply because I have used that process for so many years. I may have an idea upon creation of an image but I am not bound to it in the darkroom.
What excites you most about your work?
RH: Seeing the finished product, something framed. I really dont like the digital capture as I think too many think that once it shows on a computer screen it is a finished image. I couldn’t disagree more. I believe a large part of the value of an image is to see it in ones hands, the art piece itself. Printed in a method respectful of the image. Something in my hands, that’s what excites me.
What do you have planned for the future of your work?
RH: I hope to see it grow in beauty and virtuosity. It’s so much more challenging to create and even more so to create something of beauty. That is the challenge.
Do you have any advice for anyone that wants to start photographing in black and white or large format?
RH: Find your voice. If it leads you to large format, then so be it. Don’t force it. Create so much work that it can’t be ignored. Creation of images to their full fruition, that is the act of art.