BL Journal

Ben Larrabee

Harry Callahan (part 2)

Mar 11, 2011

Ben talks about how his RISD teacher and mentor, Harry Callahan, influenced his photography. (part 2) You describe Harry as a mentor. How was he influential in your development as a photographer and in your work today? (part 2) Years later I was teaching a photography class and trying to decide how many students would […]

Ben Larrabee

Following Your Bliss

Feb 11, 2011

I realized fear had prevented me from pursuing my true passion, photography. I was afraid of appearing to be too idealistic – just like my dad, whom I had criticized at times for being unrealistic. I didn’t want to fall into the stereotype of the impractical, spaced out artist. I was worried that I might […]

Ben Larrabee

What’s my purpose on the planet?

Feb 4, 2011

When I graduated from RISD in 1967 with a degree in photography, I wondered how I could make a living. I didn’t want to teach or be a commercial photographer. The only other thing I new anything about was graphic design. So I decided I would make an income as a graphic designer and photograph […]

Ben Larrabee

My goal is to be authentic and honest

Jan 6, 2011

My photography became more than just creating beautiful images when I realized that I could fulfill a higher purpose for my work by showing the essence or spirit that I saw. As the son of a Quaker minister and a meditator I learned a lot about honesty, humility, the importance of having an open mind […]

Ben Larrabee

Nantucket Ferry Study

Jun 22, 2009

Today I’m looking forward to doing a photo study of the Nantucket Ferry.  I hope I find what I’m looking for.