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Art & Life with Ben Krueger

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ben Krueger.

Ben, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My story begins with my parents handing me a digital point and shoot camera at five years old. I was captivated by the ability to capture what I was seeing – and honestly, I still am. My dad is also a photographer, so his influence is always around to inspire me. My grandmother was an artist for her entire life, and that has given me the confidence to pursue art as a career.

Since being given that camera I have built up a body of documentary work that is ongoing. I’m always learning new techniques and trying to understand different perspectives to develop my art.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Since I’m in pursuit of degrees in filmmaking and photography, my art is very visual, with a focus on telling stories. My films are different in genre than my photography, but I try to bring a humor to both. That hopefully shines through in my street photography, which in subject is purely chance-based. Nothing I encounter is staged unless I am making a portrait of a stranger, and even those try to be natural as possible.

I find that I make art to show a bit of the world in a new light. I’m either directing a comedy or documenting the interesting, beautiful and sometimes funny coincidences that arise in the world around me. As far as my process, my photography is currently almost all shot on film, which I will continue to work with for the foreseeable future.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
As an artist, I define success as the point at which the work that you enjoy consuming is the work you are making. If you don’t enjoy your art, how can you be successful? People can see passion in an artist and I think that resonates with their work.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My films are available on my YouTube channel, Gelatin Films. My photography can be found on my Instagram or my website, Gelatin Stills.

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Image Credit:
Subway portrait by Jacob Piller

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