Benjamin Glean graduated from The BRIT School, Kent Institute of Art and Design and The Byam Shaw School of Art @ Central Saint Martins. In the final year of his Fine Art degree he began to work in a London photography studio where he developed his style working with creative teams and model agencies. From these beginnings he was able to build up a key team for collaborations as well as a stepping stone to the bigger jobs. He spends his time shooting fashion for magazines, brands and working with Artistes and Designers.
Currently Benjamin serves as Head Photographer for Pause Online. Through this platform Benjamin has worked with major brands including Converse, Nike and Ted Baker to create original content.
Are you currently working on a personal project?
I am not on one now but planning one when I go away to Poland. I think it is always important as it can influence and strengthen your commercial practise.
Have you always wanted to work in the creative industry? If yes, can you tell us why? If not, how did you land in your current position?
Always in that direction but when I was younger I wasn't sure so I tried everything from painting and illustration to video and drawing.
What has been your biggest achievement to date and why?
There are many, but when I shot a VOI jeans campaign. This was a big production and I had posters of my work all over the UK on bus stops.
What would you describe as you biggest obstacle so far?
It has been getting my career to snowball to the point that jobs are always coming in. Getting to a position where you feel confident you are in demand.
Taking a lighter note what and who inspires your creative process?
Any experience can influence. Conversations and opinions.
What three tips would you give your younger self?
- Network to the max
Database your contacts.
Read as much as possible.
What words of wisdom do you have for other creatives?
Stay in your lane, guard your goals and do the work.
If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would you message be?
We all contribute to how the industry is run, so do right by it.
What legacy would you like to leave behind?
That others can do better.