Ben is a photographer who creates photographs, which look like paintings. He achieves this by photographing reflections on surfaces such as rivers and lakes or anything that has optical reflective properties.
On a recent trip to Italy, which also included visits to art galleries, Ben became very interested in art and especially Impressionism. The paintings he viewed were not as sharp as a photograph, but beautiful in their own right. Seeing these impressionist paintings sparked the idea of taking pictures reflected on the surface of the water, turning photos into paintings. He faces many challenges taking these photos. The weather is never ideal, especially the water, which is the mirrored surface, it cannot be entirely still nor windy to create an impressionistic image. Using the reflections and subtle movement of the water, Ben can see a potential impressionistic painting in the making. It takes a lot of patience to wait for the water to settle and the reflections to form shapes.
From an early age Ben had a great passion for photography and has been involved in many group exhibitions in Melbourne for many years. He has completed two solo exhibitions in 2019 and 2020.