Hey there I’m Ben and I was born in New York where I stayed throughout high school. After a brief flirtation with higher education, I realized my calling was hardcore music. So, I went on the road as a tour manager with a band from Brooklyn, Shutdown, and began writing and publishing Trydent Fanzine about this music scene and the people in it. In fact, I was so immersed in hardcore that I was asked to join other New Yorkers as the vocalist / screamer for the band they were forming. From Autumn to Ashes went on to international fame and not much fortune but enjoyed many round-the-world trips performing.
Fast forward about seven years and the break-up of the band, I moved from NYC to Seattle where I spent six years as a bartender at the world-renowned cocktail bar, ZigZag Café, under the tutelage of Murray Stenson, a legendary mixologist. I proved to be a great student, as was nominated for American Bartender of the Year in 2012.
Today, I make my home in Mosier, OR… spending my days as a trail runner, outdoor adventurer, marathoner, ultra-runner, and sweeper. I thrive in the mountains and try to capture the beauty of the great Northwest and beyond in my photos