The Art Noir series of works was inspired by film noir. The images depict film noir themes such as crime, suspense and psychological drama. In a similar way to Ben's previous work, the images are intended to act as snapshots of a wider narrative. They are an entry point for the viewer to overlay their own experiences and ideas of what the story might be.
The presentation of the images splices photo documentation and 'looking-glass' media to give a sense of magic realism.
These two larger works are depictions of fantastical worlds. They are not referencing any particular story but are an amalgamation of ideas and themes taken from fairytales.
The documenting fiction series was influenced by magic realism. The works use replicate the style of photo journalism and opportunistic photography to give a sense of dramatic poignancy and realism to fictional subjects. Faults of the lens-based recording equipment used in these media, such as discolouration, vignetting and blurring, are also replicated.
Ben intends the works to be suggestive of a wider narrative – perhaps haunted by prior events or inducing a feeling of anticipation. The aim is to engage the viewer by offering visual leads that encourage them to form views on what the wider context might be.
A collection of smaller works, images and sketches for larger works.