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  • Jason Henthorne '94
  • Revelation
  • 2012
  • Archival print on metallic fine art paper
  • 40 x 60 inches
  • Courtesy of the artist

Henthorne graduated from Hendrix College in 1994 with degrees in Economics and Finance. After years working in Finance and Marketing, he moved to Florida and formed Henthorne Art Foto. He now travels the world to capture waterscapes, primarily exploring the intersection of ocean and earth. His passion for ocean has led to the formation of OneBlueOcean – a global ocean advocacy organization centered around positive visual media and ocean positive habits.

Henthorne captured Revelation off the coast of Washington, in the Olympic National Forest. After three days of intense rain made capturing any seascape impossible, a break in the weather encouraged Henthorne to gather his equipment and search for inspiration. After hiking two miles across a black sand beach, with fog so heavy that visibility fell to 1/8th of a mile, Henthorne spotted this seamount and tree. But he also spotted a raging, rain-swollen stream. He would have to cross it to make the photograph. Half-way across the stream, the currents swept his legs out from underneath him. Though he was soaked, he managed to keep his equipment dry and decided to return to his RV. He would try again another day.

The following morning, the sky cleared for the first time since Henthorne’s arrival. After gathering his gear, he traveled across the black sand and once again approached the stream, which had now subsided enough for him to cross. He finally reached the seamount and had 30 minutes to set up his equipment before nautical dawn. While Revelation conveys a sense of halcyon, Henthorne’s experience shooting it was anything but calming. He captured 15 shots of the waterscape before attempting to hike back to the RV. As he walked back, ocean waves rose to 14 feet and the wind blew over 50 mph. It was the highest tide of the year, and Henthorne was pinned to the treeline, unable to move for hours.