From abandoned places to Red River Gorge and plenty of beautiful Cincinnati cityscapes in between, local photographer Ben Wright covers all kinds of interesting places with his camera. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ben discovered his passion for the art just a little over two years ago, but his body of work might have you thinking he’s been at this for longer.
He’s a freelance photographer and creative who shoots weddings, real estate, portraits, cities, and other subjects that fall under the lifestyle category. For our latest Photographer Spotlight, we wanted to pick Ben’s brain about his photographic approach.
Cincinnati Refined: How would you describe your photographic style?
Ben Wright: I’m not sure that my photography really has a style; I don’t try to go for any specific look when I’m taking photos and editing them, I just do whatever feels right in my head. If I had to put most of my photos in a category, I would say they’re more of an urban/street style, but I’ve still yet to find a certain look that I want all my photos to have.
CR: What’s your camera of choice? Is there a lens you couldn’t live without?
BW: I have a Canon 80D, which is my first and only DSLR I’ve ever owned. If I were to upgrade, I would probably switch over to a Sony a7S II because I love the quality of the camera. The lens I use the most and couldn’t live without would be my 75-300mm telephoto lens. I use this for most of my cityscape shots, it allows me to get unique perspectives of the city from a distance.
CR: Do you have a favorite experience that stands out while shooting?
BW: I’ve had many favorite moments while shooting, but one of the [most] memorable was getting to go to the top of the Roebling Bridge and take photos after winning the Roebling Bridge photo contest last year. It was by far the best view I’ve gotten of the city and was an experience I know a lot of people will never get to do. I’ve met a lot of great people and connected with many individuals because I’ve had a camera in my hand.
CR: Is there a subject you enjoy shooting the most?
BW: I enjoy shooting cityscapes, abandoned places, and landscapes the most—anywhere with some good scenery. I like to either be in the city or out in nature when I’m shooting. I enjoy photographing people and going out with other photographers to shoot, but I prefer to be by myself when I’m taking photos. I tend to be more creative when I’m alone, and photography can sort of be my escape at times.
CR: What’s your favorite Cincinnati icon to shoot?
BW: I’m not sure I could pick a favorite icon to shoot, but my favorite place to shoot is Over-the-Rhine. I love the history of the neighborhood, the architecture, the people, and not to mention the beer.
CR: What time of day do you prefer to go out with your camera?
BW: My favorite time to shoot is during Golden Hour (around sunset) and at night. I like to go out and roam around the city when it gets dark and take photos, I think the city is much more beautiful at night.
CR: What’s at the top of your photography bucket list?
BW: I have always wanted to go to Iceland and photograph the beautiful landscapes there. My real goal is to travel the world and photograph beautiful places and landmarks all over the globe. I would love to work for National Geographic one day.
CR: Any words of advice for aspiring photographers?
BW: Take photos because you enjoy doing it. Do not compare yourself to other photographers. Take pictures as often as you can and if you believe you’re no good, keep practicing and learning until you get better.
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