Featured interview with Photographer Ben Huff from Iowa currently living in Juneau, Alaska.
Name: Ben Huff
Occupation: Photographer, Teacher
Hometown: LeClaire, Iowa. Currently Juneau, Alaska
Style of photography: All of the above.
What gives you inspiration?
Currently, its simply the season. Spring is a yearly revelation for me, and I’ve slowly learned to harness the anxiety of this itchy time of year.
What are your influences?
In short – everything. This is a cliche answer, I know, but it’s true. I try to be open to everything, and recognize when I’m moved by something. From a photography standpoint – I see so much good work everyday. I love photography as a viewer as much as I love making photos, and I’m constantly looking for books, compelling work, thoughtful writing on the medium – there is so much great work being made! That said, the trick is to let all of that wonderful consumption fade away, and let the landscape tell you what it needs to when you are there with your camera, and be influenced by your surroundings.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is my excuse – my excuse for being in the landscape, for meeting people, for simply looking. I feel like I’m the best version of me when I’m making photographs. When I’m in that space, I’m more present, patient, aware, and I listen more. In short, I’m more curious and less uptight. I’m constantly trying to apply the things I’ve learned as a photographer to my daily life of not so romantic endeavors.
If you could have one wish come true, what would it be? Choose wisely!
Health, for myself and my family. My grandfather recently turned ninety-five – I come from good stock. I’m almost forty, and am slightly plagued by the ‘what does it all mean’ mentality. His recent birthday was a bit of a revelation for me – not to wait, not to waste, but that there just might be time yet to do all I want to do. I wonder what I’ll be interested in, what I’ll be making photographs of, when I’m ninety.
via – Global Yodel