Ben was absolutely not one of those photographers that ‘grew up with a camera in his hand’. Most of the time as a child Ben was in his underwear, covered in mud, wielding a duct taped stick as a weapon - an imagined valiant knight and adventurer, saving the damsel in distress and defending the honor of...his pet chicken, Bernice.
The first time Ben worked with a real camera at 24 he didn’t really know what he was doing, the idea of taking pictures more of an intriguing hobby than career aspiration. Then he realized that the pictures he took weren’t about ‘creating innovative imagery’ or ‘pushing the boundaries of the visual language’, but about finding something real in people and making that beautiful.
Ben is obsessed with light, nearly driving his car into a bridge as he mouth-open gawks at a sunset. His linchpin is knowing how to flatter and highlight the ideal and shadow a person just enough to interest the eye. What you can’t see is just as important as what you can.
Ben was born with a passionate and ideal nature about life and the people in it. He finds the best in everything and then holds an accountability to that, for better or worse. Unable to be satisfied with simple happiness, being a consumer of everyday pleasures or engaging in superficial connections that bear no weight, Ben’s spirit quickly consumes those light fuels and moves on to seek something outside of typical. Fed from within, Ben constantly seeks a seemingly unattainable satisfaction from authentic human contact and strives towards the idea that connection within the agency of creation is his only way to achieve something real and worth sustaining.
Being with Ben when he’s taking pictures is not really like most photographers, telling you to cheese and to thoughtfully raise your hand to your chin and look into the distance. Ben just tells you where to stand and makes you laugh. He does all the work. He operates with a tender and playful heart and a confident humility that results in an empathy that calms any apprehensions when shooting. With him you don’t even know you’re getting your picture taken and then it's over and he won’t shut up about the light cast on your amazing jawline.