Australian photographer Bill Henson is a master of chiaroscuro – his brooding images painterly studies in light and shade. "I painted and drew and made things out of clay constantly from earliest childhood," he explains to AnOther, "and only became interested in photography at the age of 13 or 14. Before that, I never imagined for a second I would ever do anything else." But in capturing the world through a lens, Henson soon found that he could document qualities that he was unable to render in paint – and before long he was hooked.
Now aged 60, Henson is often celebrated as an investigator of "twilight zones," his work frequently probing at boundaries – between man and nature, youth and adulthood, male and female. Simultaneously, Henson's literal employment of twilight-level illumination conjures up feelings of heightened emotion within the viewer, the images at once haunting and mesmerising in their modern romanticism.