Picture perfect

ROCK HALL — John Patrick “JP” Henry, an award-winning photographer who is “very famous” in his adopted hometown of Rock Hall, found himself on the other side of the camera Sunday as the Kent County Waterman’s Association wrapped up its annual Waterman’s Day festivities.

Making a run aboard Capt. Don Pierce’s Bri-Steff in the boat docking contest, Henry cleanly roped the piling to stop the timer in a respectable 30 seconds — and the crowd erupted in applause.

An honorary life member of the KCWA, Henry was making his boat docking debut. He was dressed for success right down to his white boots.

Henry grew up in Earleville in Cecil County, but he’s well-known in Rock Hall for his photographs of the waterfront, the watermen and the way of life here.

Henry has autism, and works exclusively with the cellphone of his mother Jane Ward.

He is the subject of “A Clear Lens,” a documentary short released by WareTech Studio, a Cecil County-based narrative drama and documentary film production company.

According to a post on the Cecil County Arts Council website, “JP’s unique perspective and remarkable talent behind the camera have garnered widespread acclaim in and beyond his local community. From capturing the beauty of landscapes to portraying the intricacies of everyday life, JP’s photographs offer a glimpse into a world that is both familiar and extraordinary. The documentary short provides a brief look at his incredible journey and the ways his work is captivating audiences and transforming perceptions about neurodiversity and creativity.”

“A Clear Lens” was a finalist in the New York International Film Awards Best Under 5 Minute Film category in December 2023, and an official selection of the Argo Navis Studios Five Minute Film Festival 2024.

A feature-length documentary titled “The Very Famous JP Henry” is forthcoming.




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