Would you mind introducing yourself? Hey everyone! My name is Benjamin Davies. I’m a landscape and travel photographer from Buckinghamshire, England. A year ago I moved to Brighton to pursue a product design career, which also let me to delve into many photographic avenues.
Ben’s Instagram - @bendavisual
How would you describe your style of photography? I’m addicted to subtle gradients and perfect sunrises. Due to my background in design, my style has a strong focus on colour and composition. I like the viewer to feel a sense of connection with the landscape. My camera is my way of expressing myself.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? Photography merged my passion of being in the outdoors with my creative eye. A few years ago I started to travel a bit more and naturally photography came along too.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? The first time I caught the milky way will probably always be the most special. The depth was unbelievable the first time I saw it, and for once I could rest easy and just watch the sky before getting my camera out. Many long nights later, I have never seen the milky way as vivid as that first time.
Who/What inspires your photography? I really enjoy watching documentaries, and my photography is often inspired from those. Now that we have easy access to photography through social media it’s often difficult to stray away from the trends. I prefer to listen to what my mind tells me about my photography, and try not to be influenced too much by exterior sources.
What kind of camera do you use? I have been using a Fujifilm X-E2 for a few years now. It doesn’t have any crazy features, but to me this doesn’t matter. My lenses are very small and lightweight, meaning I can take my camera with me anywhere. When I’m not using my X-E2, I use a Pentax Spotmatic ii - Ektar and Pro 400h are my favourite film stocks.
What's your editing process like? For digital, my process is tailored very much for the Fujifilm sensor. I use Lightroom, convert my best photos through Iridient X transformer to keep the most detail from the sensor. From there I’ll apply my base preset, which in summary has lots of colour contrast, since I use the Astia Fujifilm camera profile. For 35mm film I take it to my favourite photo lab in Brighton, then make some small tweaks in Lightroom.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Firstly, it’s great to create your own style. I think that this concept is difficult to understand when you’re starting out, but having your own style makes your photos you. For me, lots of experimentation was key to finding my unique style. However, if you’d like to have a similar style to me shoot at sunrise or sunset, and head to the hills or mountains. I like to keep things simple, usually with only one subject.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? Luckily, most of my favourite photographers are on Instagram. I really enjoy Andrew Kearn’s work, especially since his personality shines through in his photos. Spencer Backman also (@spencerbackman) has some terrific work..
Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you wish more people knew about? Yes! There are some people that I follow on Instagram that deserve more credit considering their skill level. Maxwell Marty (@wellmarty) has some incredible stuff from the mountains, including some epic mountaineering shots. Charlie Reynolds’ (@charliereynolds) photo series from Norway inspired me to travel there due to the amazing write up of his trip. Spencer Backman (@spencerbackman) has some terrific photos from the John Muir Trail, you should really check him out. Another mostly unknown person I follow is Amanda Wellman. (@amanda.wellman) She has some unbelievable photos of the PNW in just about every kind of weather.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? Baffin Island, Canada. I watched a documentary on the island and have been dying to travel there ever since. The remoteness, danger and extreme weather just makes it the dream location. The documentary is on Youtube and presented by Steve Backshall; I suggest you watch it after reading this.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Autumn. The fog starts to drop into valleys, and the trees turn into all sorts of magical colours.
The coolest place you've ever been? The Romsdalseggen Ridge was eye-opening. A 1000m drop one side that overlooked a meandering valley and endless mountains the other side. It was full of scrambling, epic views and unbelievable photo opportunities.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? I’ve got a summer John Muir Trail trip planned, hopefully all the pieces come together and it becomes possible. A chance to spend weeks in the outdoors with just a backpack and epic mountains could be pretty special.