Ben Blood by James Moes

At Heart I Am A Documentary Photographer

Learning how to use an SLR camera in 2005, I began to tell stories with photographs. Two years later I traveled the United States kidnapped by a rock band for six months as a tour photographer. Mid-tour, I flew home to shoot my mom’s wedding, and posted it on my small photo blog. By the end of 2008 I had documented twenty-two weddings.

At heart I am a documentary photographer, telling stories through imagery. In 2012 I was named in the Top 30 Upcoming Wedding Photographers by PDN Magazine, and later profiled by Rangefinder Magazine.

Social documentary photojournalism is something I have been studying. Photography is a powerful tool, and it can be used to challenge our thoughts and actions. I want to tell stories of food desertsRetired Racers, poverty in affluent cities, Native Americans, MusicCorps, and guide dogs.

Outside of photography, I can be found listening to Dave Brubeck, creating ambient electronica, following @dogsbeingbasic, traveling, and working on my Datsun 510.

More of my photos and thoughts can be found at: Instagram  /  Tumblr / VSCO / Facebook  /  Twitter

I am happy to talk with you so that we can make beautiful, honest photographs together. Feel free to send me a note on the contact page.

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I am based out of Tacoma, Washington, but travel worldwide for work. Upcoming travel:
-Portland OR
-San Francisco CA

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I believe photography—like many other things one does in life—is the exact expression of who one is at a given moment: every time you compose and release the shutter you give voice to your thoughts and opinions of the world around you. So other than the obvious patience (photography is a complex medium, a voice which requires time to develop) and perseverance and the necessary humility when dealing with others, I would recommend working to become a more developed and informed individual, a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen. This will translate into a deeper more complex understanding of the world around you, and ultimately into a richer and more meaningful photography.
—Paolo Pellegrin