10 Frames Per Second – by Ben Hicks

Ben HicksSouth-Florida based photographer Ben Hicks has journeyed across the Americas and ventured to exotic locales spanning the globe to compose a profoundly diverse collection of fine-art photography that truly captures the majestic beauty of the natural world.  This self-proclaimed “adventure-boy” not only strives to portray the familiar in extraordinarily original ways, but also takes big risks to capture the most complex, often dangerous situations including big waves and precarious animal encounters all to share his admiration for Mother Nature’s creations.  Whether shooting tropical beachscapes in the South Pacific, vast sandstone buttes in the American Southwest or the first few open water strides of a leatherback sea turtle hatchling, Ben’s distinctive vision and inimitable approach to photography renders intricately detailed images that captivate viewers and serve as a testament to his enjoyment and appreciation of nature.

As a photographer, it is my job to tell a story through each image captured by my cameras.  That’s why I enjoy sharing my work with my fans and the local public while having an opportunity to convey the story behind each photograph.  Towards the end of 2010, I decided to exhibit some of my never before seen photos. I partnered up with a popular South Florida surf shop, Island Water Sports, and organized an event in the store parking lot so that I could project the photos from the past year of my surf travels.  Leading up to the event, I devised a way to promote the event: 10 FPS (Frames Per Second).  Since much of my work is shot in sequences, I pieced together the most interesting frames to make a movie.  10 FPS was formed as a way to promote my annual show but also to highlight my year.  The video got a huge response and the next year people started asking if I would make another. So, I went to work and created an even better video from my 2011 images.  The video production is put together by carefully selecting the right stills to import into iMovie and adding just the right music.

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