Photo by  Joelle Julian

Photo by Joelle Julian

About Ben

A lot of people think you need to have a passion first and then follow it. That wasn’t the case for me. I was given a camera in high school and after failing to learn how to use it I didn’t return for a while.

Fast forward a few years and I took up a camera again, but this time I was hooked. The more I learned the more I feel in love. That love for the camera and where it could take me has been the drive behind over 10 years of photography. I’ve had the opportunity to photograph everything from college sports to Halloween costumes and Indonesian baptisms.

I’ve spent the most time in the portrait and commercial world, but it’s the non-profit and mission fields where I found myself feeling completely at home. The camera allows me to find a way to meet new people and make friends in places I never thought I might visit. It’s way I can connect and build relationships with people back home and those I’ve met.

Photography is a strange medium bound by constraints not found it any other art form, but that’s why I love it. I love searching for the moment where space, time, light, and people perfectly converge.