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Ben Saren

I grew up with a father who lugged his camera everywhere we went. In the 1960′s, he was an award-winning photographer for the United States Marine Corp. When I was a kid, he showed me how to work in the dark room. He taught me so much about photography, long before digital photography was even an option; ISO, f-stops, shutter speeds, focal length - all the basics, and all much trickier back in the pre-digital days. Lots of those technicalities were difficult for me to understand, let alone put into practice, so he worked hard to get me there in very practical ways - he’d show me photographs and have me mimic them, and experiment with different settings. I think he enjoyed teaching me more than I enjoyed learning, but years later it all came together.

Today, while not a full time photography professional, I feel a void if too much time passes without a camera in my hands. And whether I’m shooting for pleasure or on a gig, I can still hear my father's voice in my head, reminding me to check my focal length for optimal cropping, or check the light and consider waiting a few minutes, or even hours, maybe even days.

I'm starting to find my own voice in my photography now. I look for purity, for truth, for an absolute, and I'm drawn to symmetry. Sometimes I don't even understand what I'm seeing in a moment until much later, after it's passed.

I'm still learning and I hope that never ends. I shoot for myself, but I hope you enjoy what you see too.

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  • Raleigh-Durham, NC, MA, US