Ben Chislett grew up in Spain and studied Experimental Psychology at University of Bristol. His personal pictures are inspired by everyday people and classical documentary imagery as a framework. He also plies his trade as a freelance commercial photographer, using his skills to supply businesses effectively with their photographic needs. Goal-oriented thinking influences his teaching style and approach to the highly subjective form of narrative that is photography.
“The purpose of learning technical knowledge is to be able to focus on telling stories.”
Loving the irony of photography as a time-consuming way of stealing moments in time from the abyss, Ben Chislett believes in photography as a means of exploring the world we don’t know, connecting us with people and situations we would otherwise never have known, making us witnesses to life, and as a way of rediscovering the world around us on different levels.
“There are three joys in photography: the first is that feeling when you shoot a special moment, the second is the relief on confirming you captured it, and third is the satisfaction in making a print that does it justice.”
Since 2014 Ben Chislett has been a lecturer of Photographic Techniques and Practical Photography at Neue Schule für Fotografie. Developing a pragmatic approach to photography plays a central role in his teaching, and where honest feedback should be expected, digested and incorporated.
Baltic Sea, Germany