About Ben McKechnie.
Hailing from Wiltshire in the south of England, Ben McKechnie is a fine art travel photographer. Opting for a more relaxed pace of life, Ben now lives in Taipei, Taiwan, where he enjoys the country’s ancient cultural festivals, food culture and artist community.
Ben’s interest in travel photography was evident at a young age, when he would pore over issue after issue of his grandfather’s National Geographic Magazine collection, captivated by the breath-taking photographs therein of people and cultures in far-away corners of the world.
Although he carried a camera with him everywhere when he was a child, Ben did not start taking photography seriously until 2009, when he bought his first ‘proper’ camera at the age of 23. That’s when he truly started teaching himself the art of photography and developing his skills.
His work has taken him to far corners of the world. Thus far, his photography has taken him to countries such as Taiwan, Iran, Myanmar, India, Kyrgyzstan, North Korea and many others.
Furthermore, Ben’s skills aren’t limited to fine art travel photography; he has worked on photojournalism assignments for BBC Travel and has written for UK national newspapers.
Ben McKechnie’s photography – a search for unique and fleeting moments of human interaction.
“My interests lie in people and the relationship they have with their culture. I am often moved deeply when witnessing the ebb and flow of daily life around the world and strive to create works that capture this.”
Ben’s photography isn’t limited to just one style. His creations present a style that blends travel photography and photojournalism with fine art photography. His photographs are a reflection of how he travels the world – nothing is staged. He is eternally in search of unique and fleeting moments of human interaction, unfamiliar cultural customs and landscapes only few explore.
Another word that comes to mind when viewing Ben McKechnie’s work is ‘impressionism’, a style embodying the art of capturing rare moments in time so they can be experienced forever. In Ben’s work, this is not only clear when you enjoy the whole composition, but also – and maybe even more so – when looking closely at each of the subjects he portrays. It’s as though you know what’s going on in their mind, as though you experienced that moment yourself.
Why a “McKechnie” might be right for you.
With McKechnie’s photography, you can travel the world, attend ancient cultural festivals and visit places that few people have been to by simply framing it on your wall.
The truly unique aspect of McKechnie’s work is the fact that there’s an extra layer of authenticity in his images – they capture brief moments of somebody’s life. Nothing is staged, and nothing is paid for; only authenticity characterizes his impressionistic work. There’s a purity in his storytelling that will live on forever.