This Photographer Will Do Anything It Takes For A Great Shot. And I Mean ANYTHING.
JANUARY 23, 2014
Ben Zank is not your average photographer. He doesn't take photos of others' special occasions and he doesn't wait in the forest for the perfect shot of an unsuspecting animal. No, his work is much more unique than that.
Ben is a journalism graduate, but while in college, he realized that writing and reporting were not interesting to him. It was photography that struck him, but not in the traditional sense - so he decided to do it his own way. Most of his photos feature himself in nearly unbelievable, sometimes seemingly impossible scenarios. In his words, Ben says:
"I do whatever it takes to get the shot. I've been submerged in cold water, dangled between rocky crevasses and ominous wells, and trespassed countless times in order to find a good location."
The photos prove he's not exaggerating:
This is one of Ben's favorite shots. He put down yellow tape to imitate road lines.
He stumbled upon this crevice in a park in Manhattan.
He shoveledd snow for an hour to create this fantastic contrast.
This shadow is real and not manipulated. Taken in upstate New York.
Ben was nearly arrested getting this shot taken on the Metro North train tracks.
This one was taken under a sheet of ice and snow, showing just how far he will go for an extraordinary shot.
Both of these people are Ben.
Taken in Baltimore.
About this one, Ben said: "A really cool location in New York City that may or may not exist on the Metro North train tracks. I sometimes manipulate my photographs a lot in photoshop, but I always try to keep the photo-realistic look."
This one required no manipulation. It's a 15 foot manhole - he dropped a smoke bomb in and wedged his feet to the sides.
Ben dangled his camera off a 100 ft fire tower for this to get that awesome aerial perspective.
With these photos, Ben is definitely on his way to solidifying himself as a unique, if not insane, photographer. I have great respect for someone willing to go to these lengths for his passion, and others agree. He has his first solo exhibit in Brooklyn in February. Get more info about the exhibit here.