Volunteer Spotlight: Owen Benfield

This week, volunteer and social media coordinator Owen Benfield talks about self-portraits, genderless fashion, and inspiration:

How would you describe your work?

“Fun, vibrant, and eye-catching. I want my photos to make you feel good!”

You're stuck on a desert island with one camera of your choosing as well as unlimited batteries and film. What is your setup?

“My Canon AE-1 with a 100mm F/2 lens and a supply of Fuji Superia 400 and a tripod so I could continue to shoot self-portraits.”

What’s your favorite type of photographic film?

“Fujifilm Superia Xtra 400.”

You’ve been granted a 6 month residency with unlimited funding. What do you photograph?

“I would produce as much fashion imagery as possible. With the free time I would connect and collaborate with stylists, hair and makeup artists, and models to start a study on the growing nonbinary/genderless fashion market.”

If you had a $5,000 gift card to a photo store, what would you spend it on?

“Film, a quality light meter, and a medium-format camera.”

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Volunteer Spotlight: Sara Salaway

This week, we talked with BCD Volunteer Sara Salaway about her start in photography, her perspective on art, and her take on community in photography:

What got you started with photography?

“I did a mentorship program with two photographers in sixth grade. The first time I used the darkroom I was hooked.”

How would you describe your work?

“I would describe my work as a visceral exploration of the textures of trauma and bodily experiences.”

What inspires you?

“I am inspired by my friends who make such amazing work and seeing women who display unabashed confidence in their work.”

What’s your favorite thing about BCD?

“That I can always be connected to a community of analog photographers through it.”

You’ve been granted a 6 month residency with unlimited funding. What do you photograph?

“Myself, my family, and my friends.”

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