Ben Blennerhassett: Small People Big Places

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All images by Ben Blennerhassett. Used with permission.

“Landscapes are very accessible to where I live, as opposed to cityscapes so I am naturally inclined to shoot them,” said photographer Ben Blennerhassett about his love of landscape photography. “The majority of this series though is from traveling – I specifically plan my travel around places that I think would be great to shoot.”

We found Ben on Behance and browsed through his Small People Big Places project to find thought provoking compositions. Ben chooses to put people in random locations and spots–and makes them look small compared to the scene.

When Ben was younger, he was into all types of media. He started to experiment with Photoshop and eventually became tired to working with images that weren’t his own. When he was 16, he bought his first DSLR.

Ben was inspired to create the series based on a trend that he had in his travel photos–making someone look small. “Placing someone in a large environment where they become insignificant but also significant enough for the photo to be very ‘boring’ without them there. There is a fine line between the subject being perfectly placed and scaled for visual interest and not being interesting enough.” He has always been particular about choosing nice locations that would look great even without the people. But by adding in a person, we get another element.

Ben favorite place to shoot? Iceland.

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