I struck up a solid friendship with Ben during the late 90s when he studied computer animation at the National Centre for Computer Animation (recently fêted in a Guardian feature on the work of the Centre’s graduates on James Cameron’s Avatar). On graduating from the NCCA Ben went on to work for three years as a computer animation lecturer in the Design School at Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore (and put me in contact with School management there leading to my being contracted for a three year period as an external examiner on the work of their photography, animation, interactive media and videography students) then moved to Australia for a further three years where he worked in the commercial computer animation sector.
A lot of threes floating around there. Quite a bit of a biography too for this type of post. Let’s say he’s a very creative type then, as is his fiancée Sarah who is an anthropological documentary maker.
When Ben sent me a message a while back to tell me that he and Sarah were to marry I penned a simple response, “Of course you are”. It made perfect sense to me, pure and simple. I then replaced that response with something more appropriately effusive by way of congratulations.
He and Sarah inhabit a fascinating shared mental map rich in creative contours with a strong river of incisive humour running through it.
The only slight hiccup when it comes to maps emanated from the fact that they weren’t quite sharing the same geographical one when I travelled to London this past weekend for a planning meeting – they commissioned me to photograph their wedding, by the way, which I consider a great honour – and to conduct a pre-wedding test shoot. At the last minute Sarah was commissioned by a client to fly out to India to work, for a single weekend, Friday out, Monday back in. And I thought driving into London on a Friday evening and back out again on a Sunday evening was intrepid! It was actually, if one can describe several hours sat in traffic jams as adventurous :~)
I decided I’d document a (Satur)Day in the Life of Ben anyway and Sarah’s temporary absence makes for a perfect excuse to pay a return visit sooner rather than later.
Ben is also quite the photographer himself. His work predominates towards urban and sometimes rural vistas and details that cumulatively project a distinct accented voice. This latest offering on his Web site (reproduced below with Ben’s permission) stopped me in my tracks.
If you’re interested in visual effects, animation and commercials production you’ll find no end of fascinating insights on Ben’s personal and career blog at rethinkfx.
Back to documenting a (Satur)Day in the Life of Ben we go…
I had to come down eventually though, from the roof garden that is (the effects of the caffeine intake took several hours more to subside!) as we’d planned to head down to the Conway Hall Humanist Centre in Holborn, home of the South Place Ethical Society, where Sarah & Ben will be celebrating their marriage.
In nearby Red Lion Square we found Fenner Brockway, giving forth his oratory for time immemorial.
As well as looking forward enormously to Sarah & Ben’s wedding, as I quite honestly do for all my wedding commissions, there are some especially interesting transportation plans afoot for the day which I’m particularly intrigued by. More of that to come, come the time!
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