Benjamin Edelstein is a Miami-based photographer who captures images filled with sharp, vivid colors in both metropolitan and remote settings around the world. With over a dozen international awards, the avid photographer also doubles as a commercial artist, working with leading publications across the nation. Benjamin was kind enough to take a few minutes out of his busy travel schedule to answer a few questions for us as we admire his striking images.
Tell us about your background in photography.
Photography for me started as an escape from the complexities of everyday life. What used to be a hobby slowly became my passion and my life. I am both a commercial photographer and well as a landscape fine art photographer. I love being able to balance both. When I’m not on set with creative directors, I can usually be found trekking into some of the more remote areas of the world.
How would you describe your technique and style?
I would say my technique is very meticulous. A great deal of planning goes into finding and scouting locations and deciding what time of the day is best to shoot. My work has an ethereal/surreal feel to it, as I try to capture some remote areas with a great sense of depth and color.
You seem to shoot all over the world. What is the most unique place you’ve photographed?
That’s a tough question considering all of the places I have had the opportunity of visiting. If I had to choose one I would say it was on my most recent trip when I visited the crater of a dormant volcano. I hiked a couple of miles into the crater to photograph sunset, and it was an unbelievable experience high above the clouds with nobody around. The way back out was pitch black, cold, and all uphill. It’s these journeys and experiences that make it all worth it for me.
Who are some other artists that you admire?
Like most landscape photographers I would say the biggest inspiration has been the likes of Ansel Adams. His techniques and compositions were and maybe still are unparalleled. Another artists whose work I admire is Banksy. His medium and the way he reaches and connects with his audience are superb.
If you were a prisoner on death row, what would your last meal request be?
I must say I’ve never been asked this question, let alone thought of an answer. My last meal would definitely consist of a lot of carbs made up by some of my favorite dishes. It would start with some chicken and waffles, followed by some pepperoni pizza and a skirt steak with some french fries. All capped off with some sort of apple pie or crumble. All this talk of food is actually making me quite hungry.