Real life moments

When we talked to Finalist Mark Benham about food photography he said, “For me it’s all about capturing real life moments, the food photography I do is usually on location rather than studio based. When I worked as a designer I often art directed studio based food photo shoots, now I much prefer using natural light.”

Image credit below: Mark Benham, Olive harvesting in TuscanyMarkBenham1

We asked him to tell us a little about where he lives and how it influenced his photography, “I live in Bath, but I spend time working abroad too. Bath no longer inspires my work because it has become a little too familiar. I have spent four years, on and off, exploring Portugal and have published a book titled “Two Hundred Days - A Portrait of Portugal” with over 200 pages. My time there has, to some degree, influenced how I approach photography.” Travel, he said, “makes me feel alive, thereby opening my eyes to capture the diversity of what I see. I enjoy seeing what's round the next corner.”

img_7368_pl1-04-Nov-14Image above: Food Stall, Óbidos Medieval Festival in Portugal, dressed in medieval costume, a chef fans the coals below meats cooking on a grill as smoke wafts through the air.
Technical: Canon 5D Mk2, 50mm prime lens, ISO 2500, F4 @ 1/160th

Food Stall was the winning image of our 2015 Food for Celebration category supported by Champagne Taittinger and he said of becoming a Finalist that it felt “wonderful, I'm working hard to develop my photography and this is a reward for my work.”

DSC_1637a“I do look at the work of other photographers, it's a relatively new genre for me. I look for inspiration and ways to improve my work. There are so many talented people out there, it's difficult to spotlight particular photographers. In 2014 I visited the World Press Photography Awards exhibition in Lisbon, it was truly inspirational. In terms of photography - imaginative ways of looking at things. My personal inspirations are real life, old life, seeing below the surface of things (not literally), tradition, people, dramatic landscape. I want to capture the essence of the moment.”

Image credit below: Mark Benham, A Year in the Life of a Market Garden


Mark’s latest news

I am currently working on a new project, A Year in the Life of a Market Garden, which will, I hope, be published as a book. It’s a real commitment, I make regular visits to the hillside market garden near my house in Bath, documenting their work and hopefully getting some great shots along the way. In September I visited Nepal to document the regeneration work after the earthquakes, this tied in with my ongoing photographic work for People Against Poverty, who support a scheme in Pokhara. I have just returned from Tuscany to cover olive harvesting. My work often features in SUITCASE travel and fashion magazine and CREATIVEPOOL.

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Twitter: @MNBenham


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