This blog is part of a project borne during my travels as a professional photojournalist. For years, I have worked with bulky digital cameras, always mindful of the technical maneuvers from setting the shutter speed and aperture to editing and toning on a computer screen. In the last few years I have discovered that my iPhone has allowed me to capture scenes without feeling that I am once again on the job. To “point and shoot” has been a liberating experience. It has allowed me to rediscover the excitement of seeing imperfections and happy accidents rendered through the lens of my handheld device. I am able to create imagery, edit, and transmit all the images straight to this blog, creating a modern and efficient workflow for the most inefficient of pursuits - self expression. - Benjamin Lowy All Images are copyrighted @Benjamin Lowy

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Santa Monica, CA | September 19, 2014
The light found someone.

#photojournalism #reportage #streetphotography #documentary #santamonica #ca #lastraysoflight

New York City, NY | September 17, 2014

Rapt.

#photojournalism #reportage #documentary #portraits #bw #monochrome #nyc

New York City, NY | September 17, 2014 These faces are inspiring new ways to think about sustainability and climate change. More interesting nuggets from yesterday’s #TEDatUnilever event.

(Clockwise from top left)

Keith Weed - “We’re the grit in the oyster that will hopefully create the pearl.”
Kees Kruythoff - “This must be the proudest day that I’ve worked for Unilever.”
John Fluge - “Why would you ever set the bar low?”
Lord Stern - “You can’t make a peace treaty with a planet.”

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New York City, NY | September 17, 2014

Portraits from #TEDatUnilever speakers & attendees gathering to talk shifting perspectives of sustainability today in New York City, NY. Full talks will be available in coming weeks, but here are some of the most interesting quotes from the day.

(Clockwise from top left)

Jonathan Atwood - “We’re trying to touch people’s hearts…this is not simply another story.”
Anu Sridharan - “I really believe that very simple innovations can change the trajectory of the future.”
Mike Brady - “If you don’t give people a first chance, they’re never going to make it.”
Myriam Sidibe - “Early child death doesn’t just make me sad, it makes me angry.”

Follow @UnileverUSA for more.

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan | September 2014 
A lategram from last week at the 2014 wrestling world championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

#wrestling #sportsphotography #photojournalism #documentary #reportage #tashkent #unitedworldwrestling

Frankfurt, Germany | September 15, 2014 
Delayed

#travel #airtravel #photojournalism #reportage #documentary #airport

Tashkent, Uzbekistan | September 12, 2014
The Wrestling World Championships are in full swing here in Tashkent. All the medals have been handed out in men’s and women’s freestyle wrestling. Men’s Greco Roman will be decided over the next two days.

#wrestling #sports #sportsphotography #photojournalism #onassignment

New York City, NY | August 2014

This is a lategram from a few weeks ago. I don’t usually post selfies - actually never - but @lenadunham was super awesome during our long photoshoot.

So of course we had to pose with $3000 real blond hair wigs. Closest I’ll ever get to having hair on my head again.

It comes out this weekend in the NYT Magazine - and is online now.

#onassignment #nytmagazine #photojournalism #portrait #selfie #hairisnice

Photo by @marvilacar

It takes a strong soul and indelible spirit to transform one of the hardest and challenging life experiences into an empowering example of survival and creativity. My amazing wife @marvilacar has done just that.
Please take the time - on National Suicide Prevention Day - to read her blog on Huffington Post and to support her new campaign @1in20 

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5788490

Tashkent, Uzbekistan | September 9, 2014 
A wrestler takes a peek from the athlete holding area during one of the gold medal matches at the 2014 wrestling world championships in Uzbekistan.

#photojournalism #documentary #reportage #sports #sportsphotography #wrestling #tashkent #uzbekistan

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A Day in the Life: Traveling With Ben Lowy for a Week

“I travel a lot. Its a huge part of my photography career. I don’t make long term plans. I don’t go on vacation. For me vacation is spending a few days at home.  This week on I got a call on Monday morning saying that I was on a flight Monday night. I would be gone all week traveling to at least two and at most four locations per day. Sometimes the travel can be tiring, but I always make sure to make each journey part of my photographic experience.”

1. My assistant, Nadav, helping me figure out lighting for a video shoot. We picked this spot for the dramatic light and perspective, but it was part of an often used horse trail. We had to run to home depot and buy a shovel to clear out all the horse shit before our subject arrived. I didn’t shoot the shit clearing.

2. Cloud Porn. I love clouds. I spent 6 years working in Iraq and the Middle East - there are never clouds out there. So I really enjoy seeing them whenever I can.

3. Planes come in for a landing over the Hertz rental car return lot at LAX. One of the best places to park a car and wait for planes to fly over head. I get a kick every time. Finally, after a long week Im on my way back east, to catch another plane to another gig halfway around the world.

4. My ruffled sheet at the 60 boutique hotel in Beverly Hills. I got to sleep here two nights. Which is a big deal. The bed was just ok.

5. Its only three days into this gig and we are coming in following our 6th flight. Racking up the frequent flyer miles. For years I always took aisle seats, though now Im a converted window only traveler. Yes, I get to shoot out the window, but mostly its because I would rather crawl over other people to get to the bathroom, rather than have them crawl over me.

6. Hotel bed. This time in Salt Lake City. This was a sleep number bed. It was nice. I didn’t change the settings, but I could have.

7. We woke up early and left our airport Hilton to hit up some non-chain restaurant for breakfast before heading south. We found a great pancake place abutting an architecturally interesting Ukrainian Church.

8. I couldn’t leave Detroit - which I have never visited - without at least seeing some of the city. On the way to the airport we pulled the car over to check out the often photographed Central Train Depot.

9. Truck stop motel parking lot outside of Denver. Sometimes finding beauty in the mundane brings me the most happiness.

10. The often photographed, artfully decorated tunnel between concourse B and C at Chicago O’hare. I make it a mission to find the time to shoot there every time I pass through Chicago.


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Some recent travel work on the Niche Project blog…

23rd Street Walkscape | August 2014
Today my Walkscape project was featured by National Geographic Proof - http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2014/09/08/benjamin-lowy-walks-his-way-to-serendipity/

More work can be found on an Instagram account dedicated to these images @conceptual_ben

In a nutshell this project is best described with the following statement.

We live in a time of radical documentation: Cameras are within easy reach and CCTVs record our every move. Our landscape and street corners are painstakingly documented. Time and space are mere elements to be observed, recorded and stored away.
My response has been to deconstruct and compress all these elements into a kaleidoscope of overlapping imagery. Walkscapes presents both sides of our visual tendencies: the obsessive documentation of the quotidian and our growing need to retain a modicum of anonymity.
The images are made from 30-100 merged pictures taken as I walk down a city block. All are made “in-phone” at the moment of capture.

#walkscape #art #conceptual #newyorkcity

Tashkent, Uzbekistan | September 7, 2014

Downward.

#photojournalism #reportage #documentary #tashkent #travel

Tashkent, Uzbekistan | September 6, 2014
Traditional dancers twist and twirl at the International Wrestling Hall of Fame induction dinner. On Monday the 2014 wrestling world championships begin in Tashkent.

#photography #photojournalism #documentary #reportage #sports #sportsphotography #wrestling #dancing

Tashkent, Uzbekistan | September 4, 2014
Upon arrival.

#photojournalism #documentary #reportage #travel #airtravel #lookscomfortable

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