Ben Ernst (1952) is a self taught photographer with over 40 years of experience. In the past few years he has specialised in art nude photography.
Living in the Netherlands, in a small village close to Amsterdam , with the cultural possiblities, musea, art galleries on one side and also on walking distance of a natural reserve,on the other side, inspires his photography. He like to work with natural light, what can be very challenging, but also gives the change to build on creativity.
Next tot this he and his wife like to travel and experience other people, countries, cultures and lifestyles. This influences his photography.
Working with models of an artistic (or creative) background such as actors and dancers, together they compose a concept.
Ben says:’ working with pro-models with an art background often gives the image an extra level/ layer. Many of the models from abroad stay in our house, giving us the opportunity to have a more social contact, to discuss photography, art and life in general, before, during and after the shoot.’ He often says : ‘I have my own signature, it just changes almost every shoot. It is an advantage of not having photography as a major source of income, it gives you freedom’.
A vital part in the end result is the location be it indoors or out. Through this an image evolves out of the concept, in which the relation between the model, photographer and location unite.
In the last years he had several solo exhibitions. His work is sold to the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Ireland and the US.
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- Santpoort-Zuid, the netherlands, Nederland