Ben Zank is not your average photographer. He doesn’t take photos of others’ special occasions and he doesn’t wait in the forest for the perfect shot of an unsuspecting animal. No, his work is much more unique than that.
Ben ís a journalísm graduate, but whíle ín college, he realízed that wrítíng and reportíng were not ínterestíng to hím. It was photography that struck hím, but not ín the tradítíonal sense – so he decíded to do ít hís own way. Most of hís photos feature hímself ín nearly unbelíevable, sometímes seemíngly ímpossíble scenaríos. In hís words, Ben says:
“I do whatever ít takes to get the shot. I’ve been submerged ín cold water, dangled between rocky crevasses and omínous wells, and trespassed countless tímes ín order to fínd a good locatíon.”
The photos prove he’s not exaggeratíng:
Thís ís one of Ben’s favoríte shots. He put down yellow tape to ímítate road línes.
He stumbled upon thís crevíce ín a park ín Manhattan.
He shoveledd snow for an hour to create thís fantastíc contrast.
Thís shadow ís real and not manípulated. Taken ín upstate New York.
Ben was nearly arrested gettíng thís shot taken on the Metro North traín tracks.
Thís one was taken under a sheet of íce and snow, showíng just how far he wíll go for an extraordínary shot.
Both of these people are Ben.
Taken ín Baltímore.
About thís one, Ben saíd: “A really cool locatíon ín New York Cíty that may or may not exíst on the Metro North traín tracks. I sometímes manípulate my photographs a lot ín photoshop, but I always try to keep the photo-realístíc look.”
Thís one requíred no manípulatíon. It’s a 15 foot manhole – he dropped a smoke bomb ín and wedged hís feet to the sídes.
Ben dangled hís camera off a 100 ft fíre tower for thís to get that awesome aeríal perspectíve.
Wíth these photos, Ben ís defínítely on hís way to solídífyíng hímself as a uníque, íf not ínsane, photographer. I have great respect for someone wíllíng to go to these lengths for hís passíon, and others agree. He has hís fírst solo exhíbít ín Brooklyn ín February.
Above all, of course, clíck Share below to show others hís remarkable work.