I’ve planned to feature this photographer for a few weeks now, but unfortunately I had to skip last week’s featured photog because I was too busy. Ah, life!
A few months ago, I wrote an article about the pros and cons of doing a 365 project, and its challenges. It’s difficult for some to maintain your momentum, find different subjects or themes, and do it well on a steady, regular basis. The biggest advantage in doing a 365 project, though, is it helps improve your photography skills dramatically.
Ben Zank, a photog based in NYC, took on this challenge and is chewing it up like no another. I’ve been impressed with the variety in his self portraits, and if you compare his early shots to the current ones, there’s a marked difference. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy his early images! As of today, he’s on the brink of hitting a milestone – 200 images. Dude! Puts my 365 attempt to shame (I lasted about 4 months).
Without further ado, here’s a sampling of Ben’s 365 photo project
I love the snowstorm silhouette. Ben nailed this. Great colors, great silhouette, great interest. It’s a solid picture.
I didn’t even notice the third person until today. I don’t usually like extreme blowouts, but I think this is an excellent example of when it’s okay. It adds to the image, as opposed to being a distraction. I like how this seems to tell a story.
Love how it really looks like he’s underwater, and the contrast between that and the surrounding. There’s a story here.
Holy crap. I have a phobia about dirt and being dirty and this would give me a heart attack. I can’t imagine getting in that on purpose. Ben gets major props for doing this. And I love the rubber ducky touch. Gives a nice pop of color and quirkiness to an otherwise sober image.