Category: Research and Process

The faceless works of Ben Zank

Image © Ben Zank


Ben Zank grew up in New York and he came from journalism background. Zank’s works touches surrealism in his encounters of everyday life. He has a characterize style of which he refers as “bizarre minimalism”. Models in his works usually poses in an eccentric manner and most of times, faceless. When they do show their faces, they tend not to look directly towards the camera.

Image © Ben Zank

Image © Ben Zank

Image © Ben Zank

“It’s pretty common to see beautiful faces in photographs, but I’m not trying to sell that. I’m interested in portraying the human form as something architectural and surreal.” – Ben Zank

He wanted to portray emotions of his subjects without the use of faces. Rather than the composition, people are the focus of his works.

Image © Ben Zank

Image © Ben Zank

I wanted to capture photos that enables viewer to feel certain emotions, without expressing it in forms of humans, just the environment itself.

Slightly higher vantage point.

From a slightly lower vantage point, to fully capture the path that I took to school

Subject distance- Long shot. (wide vast field in foreground, the worker in the mid ground, HDB in the background)

Exploring different vantage points/angles and investigating the place.

Diane Arbus and her portraits

Diane Arbus was best known for her square format photographs. She was also famous for her grainy, intimate voyeuristic work which mostly consists portraits of marginalized people- person or group that are considered insignificant or of lower status. Her works were mostly controversional and were heavily critiqued.–diane-arbus-photoshoot-inspiration.jpg

Most of her portrait shots are close-up shots, intending to create a sense of intimacy with her subject. As well as the details can be clearly seen. Below are my process photographs for task 1, attempting to take shots of different vantage points and subject distance.

Here’s a close up shot of the object on a neutral background.

A close up shot of me carrying the bike up the stairs. From a slightly lower vantage point.

Full figure shot with the object.

A mid range shot, interacting with the object.

Attempt in cropping unnecessary details.