Oranbeg Inquires: Ben McNutt
Where are you from/where are you currently residing?
I grew up on a hobby farm in Lexington, Kentucky. I currently live in Baltimore, MD.
What is the work you are currently focusing on?
I’m continually focusing on the theme of wrestling but recently I have started introducing new mediums and methods of presenting that play or even circumvent photography altogether. I’ve been toying around with computer modeling, printing photographs onto fabrics, and 3D printing. The project is constantly changing and evolving alongside the amount of work I have and my different approaches to the idea of wrestling.
What is your opinion on the current state of photography, particularly on the photobook?
The photobook is being taken seriously, and it’s exciting. Books present an availability and audience that can be limiting in other ways of showing work. This is true as with the internet too. The internet presents this overwhelming ability to share and communicate with photographers and audiences that I otherwise would not be able to take advantage of. Although it’s scary, I can’t help but be enthusiastic with the options and possibilities that is possible with photography today.
Favorite Photo Blog?
Lintroller, Matte Magazine, Searching for the Light
The Black Eye by Michal Chelbin, Winckelmann’s Knife by LMPhotoproject
Oranbeg Inquires is a series of informal interviews with the artists that have participated in Oranbeg’s Interleaves, Books and the NET exhibitions. Ben was in a NET.
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