Art photography by Ben Zank

Ben Zank was born in the Bronx in New York. At the age of 18 he began taking photographs for fun after he discovered a Pentax ME Super in his grandmother’s attic. And that was the reason to nowadays dedication to art photography.

Ben Zank at age 18 began taking photographs for fun. but nowadays he is full dedicated to art photography.

Ben Zank at age 18 began taking photographs for fun. but nowadays he is full dedicated to art photography.

Ben Zank at age 18 began taking photographs for fun. but nowadays he is full dedicated to art photography.

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His self-portraits aim to stretch the viewer’s imagination and express his feelings when words fail. He says: ‘I didn’t go to school for photography. Instead I majored in journalism. As a journalist in school, you find that your own words end up being silenced and in place are an objective and almost robotic narrative that is constantly regurgitated. Consequentially, I found myself bad at expressing my emotions through words. I was good at the rant, but any real meaning about myself was locked deep inside. My photographs are a way for me to abstractly speak my opinion and bring my emotions into light.’

He tells that the process of creation always starts with a lot of frustration. “Then I panic because I haven’t been creative lately and I’m wasting my life. I’ll play video games for several hours or maybe take a walk. Then I’ll see something kind of interesting and return to it with my gear, and that usually involves one or two ruined articles of clothing. I’ll edit for up to 3 days to make sure I don’t miss any problems. Then I’ll be really happy with my new work for a few days. Rinse and repeat.” says the artist.

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