Tuesday Plugs No. 003 - thebenmolina
My first American photographer to feature hails from the colossus that is Los Angeles. His name? Ben Molina? His modus operandi? Using delightful layers to create a striking world of insight into the human condition.
Much of Ben’s work reminds me of a well known colour street photographer, Alex Webb; a man known for a visual blitzkrieg of clash and abstraction. Except that Ben doesn’t often shoot in colour (though when he does, it is spectacular). He utilizes the timelessness of black and white film to create his magnificent photographs.
One photo that I like in particular is this shot of a vintage car, through the looking glass of another vehicle, which also showcases the surrounding built form, which includes parking spaces, adverts, road signage, and other utilitarian architecture. The environment he captured in that photo I just feel screams Americana, in its beautiful iconicness.
Another photo of Ben’s, this one a colour one, was taken in LA’s Chinatown. It shows a child anonymously playing in the streets, front and centre, while an adult is seen half masked, walking towards the child. In the foreground is the silhouette of a girl walking by in a hat. All of this is pulled together by a ribbon of vibrant red, much of it being reflected through a window. A scene like this I’d probably not be able to imagine easily, but Ben seems to do it effortlessly.
Ben has a talent for making out contrast and working with shadows and silhouettes. It seems to be his thing. It’s a talent that most certainly shouldn’t be overlooked, so check out Ben on his tumblr here.