Piece description from the artist
During my time in Death Valley in 2014, I had to visit Badwater Basin, which is, of course, below sea level. As I explored the expansive salt flats, I noticed the lone walker ahead of me. At first I was disappointed this person was "in my shot", but then I realized the presence could accentuate the composition, and this was one of the first pieces I was able to capture that shows just how small we can be on this planet we call home.
Benjamin Erlandson, Ph.D. is a photographer and multimedia creator, shooting for more than thirty years and creating motion-based works for nearly as long, first experiencing stop-motion animation at a summer camp during middle school. Ben has degrees from UNC-Asheville, Emerson College, and Arizona State University.
His latest collaborative stop motion animated short film Monster News Feed has been featured and awarded in several film festivals, including Best Experimental Film at Frostbite International Indie Fest. Ben’s nature photography has been featured in solo and juried shows and published in journals such as Burningword Literary, The Esthetic Apostle, and Camas. In 2020, one of his photos was selected as the inaugural Conservation Award winner by the Appalachian Mountain Club.
A relatively new exploration and practice, his environmental modeling and portraiture photography has been consistently published internationally since October 2020.
Having lived and worked in Asheville, Boston, Tempe, Monterey Bay, Berkeley, and Washington, DC, Ben currently resides in the quiet mountains of Glade Valley, North Carolina. Whenever the opportunity arises, he travels the world, always taking as many cameras as he can fit into his bag.