Benjamin Olson has a show of his photography opening tonight (Friday, Oct. 4) at Tettegouche State Park. It’s a perfect setting for his images that focus on wildlife and nature. His photos make you feel like you’re witnessing a spectacular, brief moment that takes patience and persistence to find.
BO: I am a photographer, specializing in nature and conservation. It was through my background in both science and art that I was able to bridge the gap between two separate fields to help communicate environmental issues at hand.
I’ve been doing this for 14 years. I started with film and transitioned into digital early on. I continued to dabble in large format film for about half my career.
The biggest challenge is time. Working with nature means I have no control over the weather or the subjects. More often than not, I am revisiting the same locations repeatedly to get the images I have in mind. The reward is being allowed to share an intimate moment with an animal, or to see atmospheric conditions so unique and rare that your chances of witnessing something similar is highly unlikely in a lifetime. Having the ability to watch what is happening in the natural world first hand is what keeps me motivated and inspired.
Upcoming projects and exhibits:
My exhibit at Tettegouche State Park just opened this week. There’s a meet and greet on October 4th from 7:00-8:30pm
I have many ongoing projects revolving around climate change, forest succession and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
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