Roland Henry and Shark Toof : 15 For 2015


What are you celebrating this season? We’re celebrating BSA readers and fans with a holiday assorted chocolate box of 15 of the smartest and tastiest people we know. Each day until the new year we ask a guest to take a moment to reflect on 2015 and to tell us about one photograph that best captures the year for him or her. It’s our way of sharing the sweetness of the season and saying ‘thank you’ for inspiring us throughout the year.

Roland Henry is the managing editor and a journalist for VNA (Very Nearly Almost), the UK-based independent magazine which features interviews with some of the world’s top artists, illustrators and photographers from the urban art scene since 2006. Mr. Henry’s in-depth studies and interviews with artists are warmly informative and revelatory, presenting fresh perspectives on a complex scene that is always in flux. Studied in Sociology and English Roland is multi-disciplinary—curator, producer, actor — building an expanding network of respect among artists and brands in cities like London, Sydney, New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit.

Detroit, MI, USA
September 2015
Title: “Shark Toof”
Photograph by Roland Henry

I love this image, not only because I didn’t fuck it up and it’s actually a cool shot, but because of what it represents. The 1xRUN guys brought me over to Detroit in September for their Murals in the Market festival, which embodied everything good about art for me right now – travel, meeting awesome new people, sharing stories, making new ones and creating an amazing international community. In these times of war, love, peace and understanding are the things that will bring us all together.

~ Roland Henry