Black and White Storytelling
by Ben Miller
Steve and Brandon,
I think that all photographers are searching for the perfect camera and a photographic style that they can call their own.
My main focus in photography is black and white storytelling. I find that the sum of several photographs which tells a story can be greater than one just one perfect image. I have found the gear that best suits my focus. In my bag is a Leica M9 and an Olympus OM-D E-M5. Both of these systems allow me to get close to people without being obtrusive. I believe in prime lenses and do not own any zooms.
I recently was commissioned to shoot an event with my M9 and E-M5. During the gathering I was pulled away and asked to join a few gentlemen in the parking lot. I wrote the following story to accompany the captures of what occurred:
At every party there is a secret party.
One that only few know about and are invited to.
I was lured away from the crowd to one of these clandestine gatherings.
I turned down the smoke as it is not my thing.
I partook in drink instead.
They handed me a big shot of Fireball whiskey.
I gargled the cinnamon spiced liquor and then swished it around in my mouth.
After swallowing I asked if they had handed me water and if there was anything stronger.
As I raised my Leica to my eye I said “document everything”.
I then smiled and said “don’t worry…..
I’ll only capture you from the nose down.”
Attached are the images from the photo story.
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