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After spending twenty years living and working in London, Los Angeles, and New York, photographer Derek Henderson has been an important figurehead of the Australian and New Zealand photography community. Henderson’s editorial work can be seen in publications including Arena Homme +, i-D, Mastermind, British Vogue, WSJ. Magazine, and more. Henderson has created independent bodies of work that explore and narrate the rich natural landscapes and communities of Australia and New Zealand, too: projects like The Terrible Boredom of Paradise and Mercy Mercer. Henderson is currently working on new book and exhibition projects between Australia and New Zealand.
How does nature inform or inspire your work?
Probably the most inspiring and cathartic thing I can do is go out into the natural world and try and be at one with it. Someones I feel like I’m reverberating with all the atoms in the universe, a strange kind of feeling of contentment. I always feel charged after being in the natural world.
What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?
Balancing your personal needs against what is good for the ecosystem and every living organism in that ecosystem.