Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ben Heine


Pencil Vs Camera - 30 by Ben Heine
I took this photo near Hannut in Belgium. I also made the rough sketch. I wanted to oppose imagination and reality, drawing and photography. I only drew things that came to my mind, sort of an improvisation.

The Future is Bright by Ben Heine
This is a photo I took during my trip in Kenya, Africa. I wanted to express the strong connection between family members (Father, Mother and Child...). When we all look in the same direction, everything seems possible...

1: How long have you been involved in photography?

I started photography quite recently. I’m initially a painter and drawer
But photography is really my passion now. So much can be expressed with nice photos.

2: Equipment you use?

I used to take photos with a Nikon D70, a nice camera, but I’m now sponsored by Samsung Imaging, which sent me several new and powerful devices, cameras and lenses. Everywhere I go, I always have a camera with me. I take picture all the time, day and night, I’m still experimenting new techniques.

3: Mac or PC?

Mac, I had a PC before but Mac is really more appropriate for visual creators…

4: What inspires you?

Every single thing around me is an inspiration. I never lack of ideas and stimulation. I like challenges and always strive to find new ways to visually express feelings.

5: Preferred subject matter?

Landscapes and portraits

6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.

I’d like to try a shooting with ink in the water; there is so much texture and unexpected effects, like watercolors on paper…

7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?

Usually my father.

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop

I briefly studied Art (sculpture and painting) some time ago. I also have a degree in Journalism. I’m mainly a self taught artist and a pseudo journalist. I’ve attended several workshops as well.

9: Plans for the future?

I’m still developing “Digital Circlism” and “Pencil Vs Camera”. When I’ll be bored doing this, I might come back to fully traditional arts and make a huge series of abstract paintings on large canvas.
Many public events are planned in the coming weeks/months: I’ll be exhibiting several Pencil Vs Camera creations and digital circlist portraits this coming weekend at the Law Courts of Braives near Liege (Belgium). 2 other exhibitions are planned in popular places in Brussels. We also sent a few weeks ago a selection of my printed creations that will be shown in an art gallery in Miami, Florida.

10: In one word, describe your photography.


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