I met with Ben Cooper on the patio of Three Sisters Eclectic Arts during a Patio Pop-Up event. Patio Pop-Ups are 11 – 3 on Saturdays this summer. For the Three Sisters Eclectic Arts artists, this is the perfect opportunity to talk about the art we create, share it and sometimes get feedback. “I enjoy seeing other people connect with a photo I’ve taken – it’s hugely motivating when someone else makes the same or similar emotional connection with an image and likes it enough to want to own a print,” says Ben.
Ben is primarily a self-taught photographer. He dappled in pottery at an early age, but his instructor was not impressed with his “Uncle Fester” sculpture. His journey into the field of art truly began after a back injury left him searching for a career he could do on his own time frame and on his own terms.
Ben’s photographic style is mostly landscape images. He likes to focus on iconic Minnesota locations and perspectives that he finds interesting.
He is a natural light photographer and especially enjoys night-time photography or photos taken at Sunrise/sunset.
Recently, Ben has started taking and selling prints taken from a 1969 Olympus Range Finder 35mm film camera that he acquired online. He loves that film pushes him to really set up his shot and the anticipation that comes from having to wait for the photo to develop.
His newly beloved camera was coveted so much by it’s previous owner that he etched his name, address and even his social security number on it.
One of Ben’s first photographic ventures was at Three Sisters Eclectic Arts. You can find his matted prints and ready-to-hang metal prints near the jewelry cases. Ben also does St. Paul Art Crawl, Art-a-Whirl and occasional other art events and venues. You can find out more on his Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/benrcooperphotography/