Would you mind introducing yourself? Hi there, my name is Benny and I’m from Christchurch, New Zealand which is where I grew up and still reside. When I’m not working 9-5 and renovating our house with my fiancé, I’m out exploring New Zealand and road tripping in my 25-year-old Jeep Cherokee.
Benny’s Instagram - @bennymagon
How would you describe your style of photography? I do a lot of hiking and have my camera over my shoulder and simply just capture whatever catches my eye. I would say I have a pretty authentic style and at the moment don’t hang around waiting for the right conditions or spend more than a few seconds on each frame. But when someone asks me what kind of style my work is I generally describe it as ‘postcard vibes’.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? Really good question that one, and for me, it was a slow burner. When I was growing up my parents always used to take my siblings and I road tripping around the South Island of New Zealand as much as possible, so that's where my love of exploring has come from. Then over time, I started to love the fact that you could freeze a moment in time and later on look back on those images to spark those great memories again.
Who/What inspires your photography? I used to shoot a lot of portraits, and am hoping to start this up again. However, it wasn’t until I started hiking that I actually started to shoot landscapes. Therefore nature inspires me, I suppose. Really anything in life though! There are many photographers whose work makes me want to go out there and photograph more, to name a few there is - Derek Henderson (@derekhendersonphoto), Bryan Schutmaat (@bryanschutmaat), Molly Steele (@moristeele), Brooke Holm (@brookeholm) and Steve Mccurry (@stevemccurryofficial)
Camera & Editing Process? I shoot with a Sony A7r. I like shooting with a fixed lens on the end of the camera to simplify matters. My editing process is very simple as well with just basic adjustments. I don’t like to spend too much time on any one images. It may be me being lazy, or perhaps it shows that I don’t like to overthink matters, but who’s to say really ha!
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Do not over think anything, do not worry too much about the light/conditions and do not let the camera get in the way of enjoying the moment. Also, I believe that to a degree gear doesn’t really matter.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? I have just been too India and absolutely loved it, very keen to go back as it was such an intriguing place to travel to! Really tough question though because there are too many places I’d love to go. One that stands out is Peru though!
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? I really enjoy the summer months because I’m not a big fan of the cold. Also in New Zealand because of daylight-savings throughout spring/summer, it stays light until 9 - 9 30 at night.
The coolest place you've ever been? I love Fiordland National Park, on the west coast at the bottom of the South Island, New Zealand. Outside of New Zealand, it’d have to be a small village in India called Orchha!
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? You’ll just have to wait and see what will happen in the future, but sadly nothing at this stage!