Marking a Moment:Interview with Australian Photographer Alex Benetel
On her website, Australian photographer Alex Bentel mentions she "has become very familiar with the importance of documenting a memory or special occasion with the use of a camera." This statement best describes Benetel's love affair with photography.Its ability to capture a moment in time is also reflected in her work. "I can look at one of my photos and just know what my thought process was at that time and what was going on in my life."
Benetel knew she had found her passion when, at 15, she enrolled in a Visual Design course and was "introduced to pinhole photography and was completely fascinated." Although she initially struggled to put herself and her work out to the world, Benetel has gained new confidence and "openness after taking the plunge into the big photography world".
With new determination, she began to push herself and her craft by setting personal goals and projects. She recently completed a 52 week project. She took a photo once a week for an entire year. "Sounds easy, but I took that project as an opportunity to really push myself as an artist. It sparked such a growth in my work".
Benetel offers specific advice for aspiring artists. "It takes work to build up an audience, courage to put yourself out there and without that determination and passion you won’t grow as an artist. Even on the bad days when you don’t feel like picking up your camera – do it. Document it either as yourself or portray it through a fictional character. It’s up to you – there aren’t any limits. Keep taking photographs and try out that crazy idea you’ve had in your head for months."
During a recent trip to America, Benetel was again reminded how "important it is to capture every single moment. I met up with over 20 photographers I had spoken to over the Internet. I'm always finding myself looking at all of the photos I took of some of my closest friends who live on the other side of the world. I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything and I’m so lucky to have them in photo form!"
To check out more of Alex's work, see her website here>>