bejamin BeJamin

Here & Elsewhere. Hasselblad Master 2018
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58979 1177 Jan 15, 2018
bejamin: I’m very happy to announce that I’

I’m very happy to announce that I’ve been selected as the winner of the 2018 Hasselblad Masters competition, landscape category. Thanks to all of you reading this for the support, and those that took the time to click me a vote. I’ve been very fortunate to be on this artistic journey, and as much as the path is its own reward, recognition like this feels pretty cool. I’m also beyond excited to play with their incredible cameras.

29982 480 Jan 4, 2018
bejamin: I’ve always had a tendency to find

I’ve always had a tendency to find things I’m passionate about and chase after them. When I was little it was skiing, and drawing, then as I got older, relationships, surfing, travel, photography. With most of these things, I’d catch up to them, and be surprised by the feeling of something missing... . I’m a little embarrassed by how long it took, but am finally starting understand what’s going on. When you work really hard towards anything because you love it, it’s easy to associate the results with the work, but it’s most likely the love that got you there. . The subject of your love or passion is a great excuse to apply the good vibes, but the good vibes come first, and don’t have to rely on the conditions of the subject, they rely mostly on the mindfulness of your thought. Not always easy, depending on where you look, but it’s sure easier to try and control your internal conditions than the external. Plus, the funny thing is - you tend to find what you’re looking for. . Cheers to 2018... inside out.

19161 287 Dec 30, 2017
bejamin: At a certain depth, the pressure equalizes and

At a certain depth, the pressure equalizes and you just float. You don’t rise to the surface, you won’t sink to the bottom. You just lie there, arms outstretched looking towards the light. If I haven’t been there in a while, it’s amazing to watch the mind become agitated and start asking for air, far before the body needs it. But, a subtle shift of focus, a general letting go, and you’re back in that blissful zone. A lesson in objectivity that comes in handy on the surface too.

28111 464 Dec 17, 2017
bejamin: My favorite maps are usually the ones I

My favorite maps are usually the ones I forgot to bring.

28970 452 Dec 11, 2017
bejamin: Haiku-ish:
Oh North skies,
My heart sings

Haiku-ish: Oh North skies, My heart sings with warmth, Wearing three parkas

19616 294 Dec 2, 2017
bejamin:

“Paddle to the Sea” is a kids book written in 1941. It tells the story of a young woodcarver who sets his model canoe on a journey to the sea. An original copy traveled through our family and arrived well loved on my lap when I was three. I’m sure my mom read it to me over a hundred times. (Thanks Mom : ) The last page shows the grown woodcarver paddling beside his model canoe in front of an oversized sun. On some level, that final image always hit me. He had become his carving. As a kid it was inspiring, but a closed loop... As an adult, I like to think the woodcarver never stopped carving and becoming.

37821 763 Nov 19, 2017
bejamin:

“In nature everything is always right: the structure is right, the proportions are good, the colours fit the forms. If you imitate that in painting, it becomes false.” ~ Gerhard Richter

53052 1043 Nov 17, 2017
bejamin: I like to think we share a simple

I like to think we share a simple truth with trees. If you spend your life leaning into the weather, you’re bound to develop a little character.

50327 923 Nov 12, 2017
bejamin: Moon, Mountain, Man, with Jake Moon, also known

Moon, Mountain, Man, with Jake Moon, also known as

31527 437 Nov 8, 2017
bejamin: I try and wait a while before editing

I try and wait a while before editing photos from a trip. Even though time may fade specific thoughts, distance shines clarity on feelings. This day with and was one of the best. Thanks for the rad adventure guys.

26551 307 Nov 5, 2017
bejamin: There is a wonderful moment when soft flakes

There is a wonderful moment when soft flakes begin to fall, and by force of number refuse to melt on arrival. At 70mph and 4 days north of Seattle, I was slightly less enthralled than usual, but still happy to be there for natures tricks.

18455 222 Nov 4, 2017
bejamin: For all the incredible sights my drone gets

For all the incredible sights my drone gets to see up there, I sure hope his little mechanical heart feels the gravity, and how fortunate he is to transcend it. If nothing else, gratitude might extend battery life, it sure does for me.