I spend too much time looking at awful snapshots and "test shots," and it's a nice antidote to occasionally come across sets of pictures that are straightforward and joyful and well seen.
Ben Rosengart is a regular here, and a regular commenter as well, whose comments I sometimes feature. Born in New York City in 1978, he says he "followed his youthful love of science fiction straight into a career in computing," which explains his sig line:
2.3.2 418 I'm a teapot
Any attempt to brew coffee with a teapot should result in the error code "418 I'm a teapot." The resulting entity body MAY be short and stout.
He's good with kids. Ben and his sweetheart, now wife, relocated to the Bay area in 2007, where they're raising a son. Take lots now, Ben, because by the time he's 12 he'll stop cooperating.
His pictures (we're aware that we're looking at personal documentation, of real lives) are simple and unpretentious, without trying too hard to be arty or edgy or fashionable, but you believe the moments and the expressions.
You should never mix color with black-and-white, but he does, so I will too.
These pics look better on Flickr, bigger.
I can't stop to present on the site samples from every reader's portfolio I visit, but it's an important part of my day, part of what I get back from doing this.
Stop by and take a look at more of Ben's work, if this quiet and real style of photography appeals to you.
(Thanks to Ben)
Photographs ©2013 by Ben Rosengart, all rights reserved
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Featured Comments from:
Ben Rosengart: "Thank you, Mike. Your criticism on this site has influenced my work, helping me feel comfortable shooting what I shoot, without trying too hard to emulate my heroes."
Mike replies: Never meet your heroes—and never emulate them, either. You should see what happens when I try to take Koudelkas and Friedlanders. It is not pretty. :-)
Steve J: "Back when I was just beginning photography, I went through numerous related magazines, especially as I had easy access to U.S., U.K., and Australian editions. One of the greatest lessons I learned from this early instruction (aside from the utmost importance of preternatural sharpness) came from an issue that featured a photographer's family photos. Names of the photographer and magazine unfortunately forgotten, and the photographer did not have a website at the time. Nevertheless, I still clearly remember some of the amazing photos he took of his kids (and I ain't one to like children that much). Anyway, the lesson learned: Great photography is great photography; the subject matter can be anything."