Capturing his subjects in the moment is Benjamin Liew’s philosophy to obtaining that special image. Being an AIPP Master Photographer and having won numerous awards both locally and overseas, it seems that philosophy is holding Benjamin in good stead.
“I love not having preconceptions,” says Benjamin.
“Some of the most intriguing photos I’ve taken ended up being nothing like I had planned.”
Winner of several local, national and international photography awards has led Benjamin to attaining his AIPP Master Photographer status in 2014. Being a finalist in the 2014 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, two times finalist in the Royal Photographic Society’s 157th International Print exhibition and a finalist in the 2012 National Photographic Portrait prize has strengthened Benjamin’s resolve for looking at things in a different way.
“Entering competitions is a way of learning for me,” says Benjamin.
“To be surrounded by other such talented photographers helps me to hone my craft as I continue to learn about the field.”
As an accreddited member of the South Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP), Benjamin feels fortunate to be able to give back to the community.
“I wouldn’t be here today without the wonderful support of some great mentors and I hope I can inspire up and coming photographers in the same way.”
With a strong philanthropic resolve, Benjamin has worked extensively with charity organisations Variety, The Royal Society for the Blind and The Animal Welfare League. As a commercial and portrait photographer, Benjamin has also worked with high profile corporate clients such as Smiths, Optus, Coles, Moët Hennessy, Adelaide Casino, BUPA, d’Arenberg, Gerard Corp, Macquarie, UniSA, Westfield and Channel 9.
But it’s Benjamin’s passion that keeps him striving for more. With a personal collection of more than 100 cameras, some of which are more than 100 years old, Benjamin is passionate about life and seeing beauty in the mundane. Photographing images that open up the viewers minds to new visual experience is what drives his passion.