Meet the Artist
Benzim, why do you make art?
I’ve been a professional advertising, portrait and commercial photographer for 15 years, but my interest in the photo taking process began as a young kid. It wasn’t until I was in my early 20’s when I bought my own camera that I started experimenting with different photography techniques and long exposures. In 2005 I bought my first dSLR and would chase storms which led to an image of lighting getting published by a local magazine in 2006. In 2008 I started up as a freelance photographer where I would take on any job. I quickly learned that wedding photography wasn’t for me. 2 years after I started my business, photography started feeling like a job and the spark, the passion and personal creativity was slowly fading, so I made a point to photograph more personal projects and whimsical subject matter. It was at this point that I saw value in sharing my point of view with the world, and so that became my purpose, alongside running my photography business. I create art because I enjoy the complexity of capturing simple and minimalistic scenery.
While this was happening, I was also entering professional competitions and have won multitude of awards. Notably I was named Travel Photographer of the year in 2015, and then in 2019 I was named Documentary Photographer of the year. In 2012 an image of mine was a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize, in 2014 I was a finalist in the Moran Contemporary Photography prize and 2019 I had an image in the finalist position of the Bowness and Winifred Photography prize, all of which I’m incredibly proud of.
How did you find out about NFT & what made you decide to deal with it and create NFTs yourself?
I was sort of interested in cryptocurrency early 2021, and naturally stumbled across NFTs as a way to sell art. I was interested in how I could use it to immortalise my photography and for my future generations to potentially prosper from my efforts now. I also like how the audience is global, so the potential for my images and stories to reach far across the world was appealing. I discovered twitter NFTs 6 months after I minted my first NFT and it was at this point that I realise I had a LOT to learn about NFTs and this new world. I took a big step back from minting and spent a lot of last year observing what people were doing in the space.
What personal info do you want the audiences to know about you?
I have 2 young children (sons) and an Italian Greyhound. My kids are my most favorite people in the world.
Benzim, where can we find you?