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.
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.
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.