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The former frontman of the monumental punk band Black Flag has spent the last three decades establishing himself as a true renaissance man. A performer, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, comedian, radio host, motivational speaker, activist, voice-over actor, musician and now photographer, Henry Rollins is a living cultural icon.

His most recent endeavor, the “Henry Rollins Travel Slideshow Tour” is a special performance drawing on his personal experiences generating his vast archive of photographs. Rollins’ exhibition contains stories from journeys all over the world, including the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South America and Antarctica.

“For me, a story has to be impactful. It has be compelling enough to hold an audience’s attention,” he tells Scene. “Something I might think is a meaningful story might be a total bore to an audience. I usually just gauge the value of a story by how much the experience moved me. If it was real, then perhaps it stands a chance in front of an audience.”

Rollins has been documenting his travels for many years, and this performance is a comprehensive look at his life’s journeys. He says that the more he’s been traveling, the less gear he tries to take. Armed with a Canon 5D and a medium and wide lens, Rollins carries all of the gear on his back for weeks at a time.

“I think that sometimes those limitations make you work harder and become a better photographer,” says Rollins. “Some places like Antarctica, I could have used a long [lens] and probably missed some good opportunities with penguins and seals.”

Rollins isn’t showing his photos just to show-off his incredible adventures, but to also inspire others to step outside of their comfort zone and explore the world around them.

“Hopefully, it makes them curious and perhaps leads them to do some traveling. Maybe it allows them to consider their species differently. I would like to lessen anyone’s fear of getting out into the world. Travel, to me, is key to understanding where you’re at and where you need to go.”

The Henry Rollins Travel Slideshow Tour comes to Playhouse Square on Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre.

For tickets and more information, visit the Playhouse Square online ticket portal here, or by visiting the Box Office.

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