The next Cartier-Bresson of street photography
"Photography is, for me, a spontaneous impulse coming from an ever attentive eye which captures the moment and its eternity." - Henri Cartier-Bresson.
From Preston to Porto Wood's work captures the very essence of the street, his camera becomes an eye that is able to give the viewer an insight into the lives of complete strangers as they go about their daily lives. Wood described his own work as a documentation of an ever changing space populated by fleeting moments which would otherwise be lost forever without his cameras attention.
Like most street based practitioners Wood is an observer of life, he captures moments to show the true nature of everyday life. Much of his work is black and white in nature, losing the aspect of colour as to not distract from the subjects in the frame. This choice a long with the fast-paced nature of shooting from the hip creates a style not far from that of the greats like Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Having worked with Ben the past three years I have watched his work develop with interest. His ability to capture the street through a mix of sometimes comical, sometimes gritty images creates a reflection of modern life like no-one else practicing today. His work is definitely one to look out for at Exhibition 1095 and to follow as he develops as an artist beyond University.
Ben Wood's work will be on display at Exhibitions 1095 in Preston from the 14th - 21st June 2018. Ben will also be about in person during the open evening on June 14th if you wanted to speak to him and learn more about his work, this will be your best opportunity.
More info about Exhibition 1095 can be found here: https://www.alistairgrimley.com/news/exhibition-1095-info
Ben Wood's Instagram can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/ben_ayee/
Ben Wood's Website can be found here: https://benw432.wixsite.com/mysite-1