Benjamin Fry – Photographer/Cinematographer
Greetings all. I want to share something that helped me find the root of my personal philosophy about photography. It is a quote from a modern philosopher that took me years to warm up to, until I had looked through my lens enough times to realize just how true it really was:
“To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” – Susan Sontag
A photographer has a responsibility to respect its subject, and to lift it up, to save it from drowning in the endless sea of imagery we are bombarded with on a perpetual basis. It is not enough to simply apply a set of technical considerations to an image; rather it must be crafted with a greater motivation and accountability in mind at the time the shutter opens.
This is the philosophy I have come to incorporate in my imagery. If my work doesn’t hold a viewer and force them to participate in the experience of the subject, then I have failed.
My name is Benjamin Fry and I am a professional photographer that had been working in the greater Seattle area and I have now returned to the Front Range. Before becoming a photographer, I spent more than a decade in the military, as a fully certified Air Traffic Controller. This ended with an injury in Afghanistan. As I looked for a way to adjust to a new life and deal with traumas of the past I soon discovered that photography provided me with a venue to reconnect to the world in a positive way. It has become more than a passion for me; it has become the very thread by which I am sewing my soul back together again. For me, photography is life. This is the level of commitment I will bring to any shoot.
I have been trained by the nations oldest and largest photography school: the New York Institute of Photography. I have earned my BFA in Photography from the Art Institute of Seattle. I have additionally completed an AAS in Video Production as well (Think of it is a really big minor). I am looking forward to providing you with quality photography and cinematography services!