“The power and drama of nature inspire me. I love wild places,” says Benjamin Everett. The photographer transforms real places into surreal landscapes that inspire us to dream. His approach is reminiscent to that of a painter: Everett roams through expansive natural areas and searches for deserted areas in order to capture a special mood. Then he forms the resulting photos into the scenes from his mind’s eye.
Everett describes himself as a “traveling artist” and finds inspiration all over the world, from the open seas of the South Pacific to the Alaskan hinterland. He often plays with the relationship between the perceiver and the perceived, setting elements in dreamlike arrangements that create a reference to surrealism.
Everett’s work makes the marvels of nature accessible if you are open to being in the right frame of mind. His pieces reveal moments of absolute peacefulness while simultaneously building captivating tension. Looking at his work is like breathing in a rare and beautiful moment with a single deep breath, and then holding it.
Benjamin Everett started out as a graphic designer and landscape painter before taking up photography. In 2018, he won the renowned Hasselblad Masters Award in the landscape category. On Instagram as @BeJamin, he has over 320,000 followers. He lives and works on Lopez Island in Washington.