Steve Bennett is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based fine art photographer. His love affair with photography dates back to his adolescence, when his father, a radiologist and avid amateur photographer, taught him how to process film and create prints. The magical experience of seeing an image materialize in a tray of developer made a lasting impression on him.
During college and graduate school, and the subsequent years of making a living as an author, freelance technology spokesperson, and communications consultant, photography moved to a back burner. In the nineties, an opportunity to help promote Hewlett-Packard’s then-new digital camera rekindled Steve’s love for photography. After that, his affinity for the art turned into a passion.
Currently, Steve’s photographic work falls into two categories: real and surreal images.
The former includes traditional candid street shots, “unintentional” still-life compositions, detailed close up/macro images of natural and human-made subjects, and expansive landscapes. On the street, he looks for poignant moments within the ordinary as people go about their day. Steve also seeks opportunities to frame commonplace objects in novel ways, whether it’s by placing the camera on the ground and shooting from an “ant’s eye” perspective, by highlighting juxtapositions and colliding geometrical forms, or by revealing hidden order within seeming chaos.
When viewing the world through a macro lens, Steve’s goal is to draw viewers into realms of rich patterns and forms that are invisible or not readily discernable to the human eye. And when capturing majestic landscape scenes, he reaches for a sense of splendor, the sheer awe and humility evoked from experiencing nature on its grandest scale.
Steve’s surreal images are typically based on composites of photographs of natural and human-made elements. He might combine a series of macro images from different sections of a spider’s web to create a new world, a mix of the actual and the possible. Or, he might overlay photographs of pedestrians at rush hour to capture the frenetic energy of urban living. When printed on canvas, metallic paper, or directly onto metal surfaces, Steve’s surreal images project a dreamlike look and feel.
While Steve spends his formal work time as the creative director of AuthorBytes, which provides web and online services to authors and publishers, photography brings everything into focus for him.