Ben is an award winning, published professional photographer based in the Northern Lake District, UK. Recently the winner of the Astro Photographer of the Year 2019 People & Space category, Ben’s work was shown across the world being featured in Forbes, the BBC, ITV News at 10, The Guardian, Times, Independent and many more. Even the European Southern Observatory in Chile gave him and the other entries a mention. All a source of great pride to Ben.
Ben continues to run tuition sessions in and around his native Lake District and occasionally in Skye and further afield, while spending as much time as possible out taking photos alone with dogs in tow. His prints can be seen in many places throughout the Lake District and now are on display in the National Maritime Museum and in the Astro Photographer of the Year 2019 book. as well as in peoples houses worldwide as Ben often sells to America, Singapore and even as far as Australia.
Ben works closely with various guest houses and hotels to provide tuition holidays and prints, and can also be found at many an art fair and artists market selling high quality astro and landscape prints or taking clients to beautiful places and teaching them some of his skills. Ben also undertakes works to provide photography for businesses and various publications and is published in many magazines and the odd climbing guide. Ben is also an advocate for ‘Dark Skies’ and has been on BBC radio on this subject while working with organisations like ‘Friends of the Lake District’ and ‘Cumbria Tourism’ to promote our Dark Sky status. Ben is also soon to be one of the photographers at the North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2019 where he will be presenting a talk and running tuition and workshops during this amazing event.
Recently Ben had his first major solo exhibition at the amazing Gaddum Gallery at the Lake District Visitors Centre, Brockhole. This solo show was a full two-month exhibition titled ‘In The Still Of The Night’ and contained almost 40 large format limited edition prints of predominately night and Astro photography. A great success this exhibition lead to many articles about his work and further shows in the pipeline for the future. Ben’s work is still on-sale in the shop at Brockhole. A regular exhibitor at Rheged, Ben continues to push the boundaries of photography and his desire to create work a little different from the norm. Ben’s going to be attending many events over Xmas and will be doing a month long stint in London over December at the amazing ‘Christmas by the River’.
I’ve always been interested in photography and some of my earliest memories are of my mum’s darkroom on the stairs and seeing the photos just taken developed there and then. At school my escape was the school darkroom and there I continued to learn and experiment with the photographs I was taking, learning and enjoying losing myself in photography. I still have all the old camera’s my mum and grandparents used to capture images of our childhood. I’m fascinated by photography and the landscape around me and live to explore and try to capture the beauty I see everywhere around me while trying to capture something a little different if I possibly can.
I’m extremely proud and happy to have won the People & Space category in Astro Photographer of the year and to be published in their amazing book. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think something like this would happen. To see my picture travel round the world was amazing and I’m very proud.
I feel very lucky to live in such a stunning place. The Lake District never disappoints, and I find it beautiful in all weathers, especially at night. I love using long exposures to try and capture the beauty I see around me daily. I hope you enjoy my photography as much as I do.