If you like good photography, read on. If you enjoy watching people follow their passion, read on. And if you love dreams being realized by hard work, read on! There’s an up and coming photographer in town. You’ll want to remember his name.
This post is dedicated to my blog photographer and friend, Benjamin Benoit.
Benjamin Benoit Photography Exhibit
October 20, 2016
I had the pleasure of attending Ben’s first large art show this week where, along with 200 guests, I saw his prints come to life.
This event was sponsored by Kit and Ace, Craft Shack (owned by Simmzy’s group), Effen Vodka and Makers Mark. South Bay Magazine was there to cover the night.
The evening was a special celebration.
Background on Benjamin Benoit
His degree in graphic design, successful career as a model, and passion for photography combine to give Ben his unique perspective behind the camera.
In his early 20s, Ben was discovered by a talent scout and become a model. Over his career, he spent a lot of time in front of the camera. Through his successful work as a model, he learned lighting and composition techniques along with photography skills.
Recognizing Ben’s talent, brands hired him to shoot “behind” the camera for ads and models’ head shots. Coupled with his studies in photography, Ben’s years of experience from both sides of the camera helped him hone in on his ability to find the perfect shot.
Passion – Benjamin Benoit Photography of Landscapes
Ben’s biggest passion is landscape photography. During his free time, he takes hundreds of pictures of the sky line in the best light, the break of crashing waves along the shore, perfect autumn sunsets, and much more – with the eyes of an artist. Even when away for work, he will go out after a long day of shooting or get up early in the morning to capture his art.
There is nothing that inspires me more than people living their passion and chasing their dreams. In love, career, life – passion is what drives us. It gives us purpose. It gives us meaning.
Some people know exactly what their career passion is from an early age. Others stumble on it later in life.
I love Ben’s work because I can feel his passion for photography. I escape into the stories he tells through his prints.
Ben has a portfolio of landscape prints on his website Benjamin Benoit Photography where you can view and purchase. There are standard sizes on his site, but custom sizes can be printed too.
The Following are My Favorites Featured at the Exhibit
Ben’s descriptions are listed under each.
“This was the photo I chose to place at the entry to the exhibit because I feel it IS Kit & Ace. It was shot on the same street as the store’s location (Rosecrans), and it complements the store’s color scheme. I used a slow shutter and a “panning” technique to capture this shot. It took me about 50 shots to get a good one that wasn’t blurry at the horizon line.”
“This picture was captured while I was setup down by the pier during a negative low tide. I was doing long exposures at sunset and noticed a man was feeding seagulls off the top of the pier. I ran over with my camera and got the shot right as the sun was going down.”
This print is currently hanging on a wall in Four Daughter’s Kitchen, a local Manhattan Beach restaurant in El Porto. Go check it out to envision how it would look in your space! It’s 60″x40″, framed and ready to go at $1299 (a steal compared to regular price).
El Porto Soul Surfer
“This was shot right after my birthday at the end of May in the heart of “May grey” weather. The heavy marine layer that day was contrasting perfectly with the black wet suits of the surfers. I shot all morning until the marine layer lifted. I didn’t know this surfer but approached him as he came out of the water an got his email. This image made his day!”
I loved these small aluminum prints in sets of three for $250. They can be made in any size (I can visualize it on a large wall). The separation of the print gives the photo a more dramatic and eclectic finish.
To order prints, visit Ben’s site. You will see his prices are very reasonable. And to celebrate his Photography Exhibit success, he is offering 10% off his prices for a limited time when you mention “Ounce of Salt.”
Matte aluminum was my preference of material for the prints, but some friends preferred the metallic canvas finish. He also offers Acrylic (same as Aluminum but a bit thicker). The metallic canvas works well with the black and white photos as it will give off a pearly look when the light hits. I think the type of material to choose will depend on the print chosen.
I can promise you, his pricing will go up once he starts getting discovered for his wonderful talent! Buy now and say, “you knew him when..!” Measure that wall and get ordering. If you love water landscapes, especially Manhattan Beach, there is just no reason to wait.
p.s. For 60×30 sizes and above, Ben will personally deliver and install your print. Professional, and great customer service too. You’ll see.
Cheers to chasing our dreams.
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