Thursday, July 22, 2010

Henry Nolla - Sculptor

Gaetanne and I met Henry on a trip to Tofino. She was walking on the beach and saw this rather strange looking hippyish guy walking on the beach. His hair and beard were blowing in the wind and he was quite a sight. She approached him and asked if she could take his picture. He asked if she really was a photographer and then invited her to come over to his studio. When she asked where it was, he pointed to the Wickaninish Inn! Upon further query she discovered that his studio was actually next to the Inn, just off the beach. Apparently he is their resident artist and much of the wood carvings, poles etc around the Inn are actually his. While we were there, I asked if I could do his portrait on my Hasselblad, he seemed nervous but agreed to let me photograph while he worked. This was the only frame where he actually looked up at me.