Bizarre Details Enliven Seemingly Simple Moments in Photographs By Ben Zank
Ben Zank captures emotions of confusion, restriction, and ennui and in his ongoing series of banal-meets-bizarre photographs. Each image features a single subject in a seemingly mundane location: on a city sidewalk, near a semi truck trailer, or in a forest.
Yet the individual at hand is engaged with or affected by their surroundings in highly unusual ways: one figure bends backward under the weight of long birch branches stuffed under his shirt; another is sandwiched in a layer cake of collapsed cardboard boxes. Zank shares with Colossal that he’s entering a season of productivity in his personal work as the weather warms, and is looking forward to a solo show in Shanghai, which will open in fall 2020.
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Excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with @fujifilmx_us and @milk to create a set of images using the new FUJIFILM #XT💯. I normally shoot with a DSLR, so getting to work with a light and stylish mirrorless camera was a welcome breath of fresh air. I shot this image in a busy park, and the unassuming design and responsiveness of the camera allowed me to shoot this in under 5 minutes. #XT100 #fujifilmx_us