SUITS BY BEN ZANK
Ben Zank was born in 1991, and currently lives in New York City. Ben picked up photography at the age of eighteen when he discovered a Pentax ME Super in his grandmother's attic. His photographs aim to express himself when words fail.
(When asked what the challenges for the young photographers are)
"I can't answer for myself because I don't know what my biggest challenge is yet, but for other photographers... it's definitely the internet. People are being influenced by trends on the internet, and these trends are holding a lot of photographers back. Once you fall into a trend, you're saturating your market. If everyone's doing photos of people floating with balloons, you're not going to get much work because there are 3,000 other people who do the exact same thing. Eventually, hopefully, you'll mature and break out of that and look at other places for inspiration, but a lot of photographers are moving forward with things that are never going to get them anywhere."
(When asked if it it's important for photographers to have a theme throughout their work)
Absolutely. You could shoot whatever you want, but when it comes to marketing yourself, you have to be one thing, you can't be everything. The only way to be everything is in a certain way and it has to be so subtle that you're not taking high-definition still lifes of a penny, then the next day, you're photographing yourself jumping off of a bridge. You maybe have to be jumping off a bridge with pennies [laughs].