Growing up in the Panhandle of Texas, Ben Rollins daydreamed of a nomadic life as a rock ‘n’ roll drummer. He picked up paper routes to earn money for his first drum set. Between band practices, he cherished afternoons drawing with his older brother, touching pencil to paper and creating art with his hands.
It wasn’t until his undergraduate years that Rollins held a camera. It was clear from the start that as a photographer he possessed a natural gift, a mature eye and an insatiable interest in people and their environments. After college, Rollins worked at an award-winning advertising agency, rising quickly to Director of Photography and Video.
In 2010, now married and ripe for adventure, Rollins enrolled at SCAD Atlanta for an M.F.A. in Photography. Soon, Rollins began to distance himself from the digital work he mastered in Amarillo, returning to large format film and manually developing prints for his personal projects. His goal was simple: to once again create art with his hands. Rollins observed how the imprint of the human hand creates imperfections in all things, and it is these imperfections that make his artwork evocative and deeply personal.
Over the past few years, Rollins has worked with national publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Nylon Magazine, Relevant Magazine, In Touch magazine, HGTV, and Turner Broadcasting to name a few. Long-term projects have taken him to China and Belize, where he documents international humanitarian work. Most recently, Rollins’ work has explored the infinite connections between people and their environments, advocating through this work that a portrait is relational and interactive; a conversation, and an opportunity to engage.
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- not as young as we were, 2007