It’s really exciting for us here at Photoion Photography School when our Tutors are involved in interesting photography projects, and nothing could be more exciting than Ben Quinton’s latest project….
Ben Quinton is a London based professional freelance portrait, documentary and editorial photographer. He regularly shoots for clients such as the Saturday Telegraph Magazine, Monocle and Guardian Weekend. Originally his background was in painting, but soon switched to photography.
His latest photography project entitled “Israel” is explained (in his words) below, as well as his images:
“This was a piece commissioned by the Saturday Telegraph Magazine. Me and a writer were flown out to Israel to do a food story on the medjool date harvest which was underway in time for Christmas. As well as covering the harvest we were asked to look at dishes that use dates, and also have a poke around the souks in Tel Aviv were thousands of dates are sold everyday. We didn’t have much time, with had half a day in Tel Aviv, and then a full day shooting on the plantation near Eliat. In that time we needed to get food shots, portraits, details, shots of the harvest, shots of Tel Aviv and more…
In Tel Aviv I got up before sunrise to make the most of our morning there, after snapping the sunrise from my hotel balcony I went out to wander along the coast road photographing the locals turning up for an early morning surf on the beach. After a bite to eat I explored further, going to the main souk, an incredible place, but difficult to photograph since it was so busy and the light was challenging. Some of the guys there fed me lots of dates, my first taste of what was to come.