Contact

Ben Chislett
+49 (0) 1522 855 18 33
mail@benchislett.de
Fb:/benchislettphotography
Herrnhuter Weg 17, D-12043 Berlin

My Story (abridged)

Born in Mexico, I was adopted and raised in Spain by wonderful British parents. A Bachelor of Science in Experimental Psychology from Bristol University made me realise I was far more interested in humans as actual people, rather than as patients, subjects, cases, or statistics. Through images I have found a way to tell people’s stories, focusing mainly on contemporary social issues through small-time stories.

As a freelance photographer I focus mainly on portrait and documentary photography, occasionally accepting commercial assignments. At the Neue Schule für Fotografie Berlin I give an International Class on various aspects of practical photography including Studio Lighting, Digital Printing, and Analog Darkroom Techniques. For several years I gave workshops at LagosPhoto for the African Artists’ Foundation.

In my small studio in Neukölln, Berlin, Germany, I enjoy working late into the night when the rest of the world has gone to sleep. Despite the digital world being the mainstay of my working life, I am still a big fan of analog photography. I continue to use black an white film as often as possible.

Slow Photography

I subscribe to a slower way of working. I strongly believe in slow photography, taking time for stories, thinking about them, looking at them critically, changing my mind, rethinking things, and following my nose rather than my wallet or social media appraise, which I suppose makes me one of the last dinosaurs in town.

I would not have it any other way.

FAQs

Yes.

All my images are available as museum grade archival matte prints on high-quality 100% cotton acid-free paper. I oversee all the printing myself to ensure high standards. I am very picky in this respect.

For licensing, reproduction, and exhibition, please contact me directly.

I make a living from my images and own the copyright to all the images displayed on this website, so please respect that and do not publish anything without my prior consent, as it would be both wrong, and illegal.

Yes, I am.

Please note however that I am not a robot. You get my subjective view as a photographer. This is always the case, however some people still pretend to be objective, which is why I feel it is necessary for me to say this. If this is ok with you, I am your man. I get involved in the issues I shoot and make up my own mind.

Sure. For commercial and paid assignments where it is required.
Ummm… maybe, if I feel the situation calls for it. Though probably not.
Because it is hardly ever relevant to my stories. Do you really want to know what people have for breakfast or their story?
Colour has meaning. Our eyes are naturally attracted to bright colours, or large surfaces with colour. It is one of the most powerful subconscious elements of images. It is why people “love” pictures of crap on instagram- because a nice filter has unified, warmed, and harmonised the colours creating a warm fuzzy feeling when we look at the image, regardless of the inane content. In many cases, colour fools us into feeling things that aren’t there and dissonant interpretations of scenes.

Lets take clothes as an example. Clothes are often colourful, stamped with brands and logos, designed specifically with the sole purpose of attracting people’s attention. These logos (through colour and other secondary elements) also give meanings and create subconscious associations which in turn play on our prejudices. People are often judged unconsciously more by the clothes they wear rather than by their ideas.

In backgrounds Cars, billboards, rubbish, and clothing also attract (distract) our attention. This plethora of information and attention seeking by colour is seldom relevant to my work and way of telling stories. By working in black and white, I can draw people’s attention back to the faces, contours, textures, and expressions of my subjects, allowing me to carve more relevant and coherent narratives. So that is the in-depth reasoning to why I prefer monochrome images.

Sure, when I feel it is necessary, I will use it.

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