Ben Davis: Insights

Ben Davis is in his senior year at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in pursuit of a BFA in Fine Art Photography and a BS in Photographic and Imaging Technologies. In addition to his normal school work he is an editor of Draft 13, an annual student run publication at RIT.

Ben grew up in the small town of Elmira Heights, NY. He is a visual artist working in the medium of photography. His current focus is still life images, whether they are found or constructed. The work seeks to show objects from an alternative perspective, giving a new meaning or life to the items. The photographs give a personality to the objects and act as a portrait.

Insights: The term subconscious has multiple interpretations. It can be used to refer simply to an idea or topic that is hidden beneath what we refer to as consciousness, or it can allude to the notion that we all have another sphere of consciousness that we are entirely unaware of and unable to control. It is a presence that is always with us.

I feel an impulse when deciding to make a photograph or not. By becoming more aware of that nagging sensation and immediately acting on it I am able to notice patterns in the photographs I am making. I photograph an object such as a security camera not because I am afraid of somebody watching me, but because I know that someone can if they choose to. The security camera itself becomes a new presence and is connected to a peculiar feeling when displayed out of context. Trivial objects are given a new connotation and begin to suggest a presence that others might miss but is ubiquitous.

Our reality is influenced by the subconscious, which is unique to each person and is a constant companion yet we are never able to isolate and investigate it. I hope to bring into my own awareness this presence in my everyday surroundings in order to gain a better understanding of it.

View more of Ben Davis’ photographic works on his website.