Ben was born in Chicago, but raised in a quiet suburb; there he had no interest in photography, or any art form to speak of. He was aimless his entire youth and when it came to schoolwork he did the bare minimum.
After attending university for three years he decided that he had yet to find something that was a worthwhile pursuit, so he left for China. One year turned into three and a lost soul became a driven and determined one.
He learned photography on the crowded streets of Beijing where he felt there were millions of stories to be told. He considers himself to be a street photographer and seeks out the moment of magic within mundane of life. Using black and white did not come naturally and only chose to shoot in it at the suggestion of his friend.
At the end of his third year in China he had planned to return to Chicago to study cinematography, but he decided that his experience on the streets was more important and chose to continue his travels honing his skill