Jun 20, 2016

Speakers 2016: Ben Sasso

Hello! I am a photographer and educator living in the mountains near Los Angeles.

I’m all about nature (camping, climbing, hiking and running around), and I have an unmanly love for cats. I am a firm believer in fostering a close knit photo wolfpack and encouraging individual progression.

We are all in this together.

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six sharpening my axe.”

– Abe Lincoln
The key to creativity is…

Experimenting without the fear of failure. Not every experiment works, but that’s the beauty of it. The more you experiment, the more you’ll figure out what does.

Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your work?

I’m sure it’s clear to anyone who knows my work that I love nature. When I’m not working (and often when I am), that’s where I’m spending my time. Camping, climbing, hiking, sleeping, etc. I just love it. Aside from that, I always find myself getting inspired by films.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given and what is the best advice you would give to someone just starting out?

“Get closer.” As an introvert who loves intimate portraits, I absolutely needed to hear this. My advice for new photographers is along the same lines. Don’t let fear of something affect your work. If the choice is between sacrificing your work, or your shyness…the choice should be obvious.

Right now favorites
a song:

Bear’s Vision of St. Agnes by mewithoutYou

a movie:

The Master

a book:

180 South

a place:

Joshua Tree National Park

Ben Sasso Photography

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