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By Kara Pound
Photos by Tammy Harrow
Tina Henle hasn’t lived in St. Augustine long, but she’s already made her mark on the local arts community. Just over four years ago, the fine art, travel, and wedding photographer relocated from her home on St. Croix, a US Virgin Islands territory in the Caribbean Sea, to the Nation’s Oldest City.
Today, Henle’s work, which is mostly a representation of her time traveling abroad from India, Iceland and to Spain and Morocco, hangs in Butterfield Garage Art Gallery on King Street as well as Lost Art Gallery and Sea Spirits Gallery & Gifts — both on St. George Street.
“I’ve always been drawn to interesting cultures and places that I’ve never been before,” Henle explains from the dining room of her home on Valencia Street in downtown St. Augustine. “I traveled a lot while growing up — a gift from my father — and learned that traveling was just another form of education.”
Henle’s father, Fritz Henle, was one of the most celebrated photographers of his time. Born in Germany in 1909, Fritz’s career, which spanned more than six decades, brought him around the world on assignments for LIFE, Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Town & Country and The New York Times.
Henle and her brother handle their father’s estate and show his work at the family’s art gallery, Henle Studio, in St. Croix. They also represent their late sister, Maria Henle, who passed in 2011 and had previously gained worldwide fame as a master printmaker and multiple imagery layering.
“I still go back-and-forth between St. Augustine and St. Croix to check on the family gallery,” says Henle. “But, really, I’ve found the transition to the mainland easy. St. Augustine is a great community with beautiful beaches and plenty to do from yoga to live music to First Friday Art Walk.”
From acquiring her first camera at the age of 18 (a Twin Lens Rolleiflex from her father) to receiving a BA in Art and Anthropology from the University of New Mexico to present-day, Henle has big plans to continue traveling the world, finding a niche for herself here at home and spreading her family’s legacy near and far.
“My traveling is all about wandering,” she says. “I allow myself to wander and not be invasive in a culture. I seek to connect with people, and I love the adventure of seeing new places.”
Learn more about Tina Henle, her photography and her family’s work at both her personal site and the Henle Gallery website.