“Amongst his many inspirations, Ben Harriott is driven to reveal and celebrate the cultural richness of minority communities in Britain, and to create a platform for their documentation and representation. Through the lens of his camera he seeks to reveal the unseen and little known. Harriott’s process therefore involves long periods of time researching and building relationships with the people and places he captures on film”.
-Melanie Kidd, New Art Exchange
Ben speaks eloquently about his practice; “I am fascinated with how the mind works and how art can influence the intellectual faculties of the mind, specifically memory and perception. I aim to use the camera as a device to capture the energy, the true essence of a subject to provoke debate and challenge perceptions. I use photography and video as a tool to explore the relationship between the physical, emotional and the subconscious. I use self-taught traditional and innovative lighting methods to unearth the energy and emotions of that which I photograph. My most recent and on-going body of work explores the chasm of family identity spanning three cultures: British, Jamaican and Russian. Typically my work takes place in an urban environment, so to work in different surroundings such as the Quarry is refreshing for my practice.