“My landscape photographs come from my desire to communicate the beauty I see in the natural world, unaffected by our modern civilization. I hope they inspire others to protect the land for the future.”
Roger Bennett was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in New York City. Roger first got interested in photography as a young adult, when he took a cross-country car trip and photographed several national parks along the way. His interest in photography grew when he moved to California in 1977 and set up his first darkroom. Moving to California has allowed Roger to be close to many national parks, (especially Yosemite National Park).
Roger’s photography comes of his desire to communicate to others the beauty and wonder he sees in the natural world. Photography is his way to communicate this idea to others. In a selfish vein, his images are also his way of remembering the excitement he had when he took the picture, to be out in the cold morning air, or in a rain that saturates nature’s colors, or a fog that makes everything mysterious. The excitement he felt when he takes a picture is what he wants to capture in his photographs. Roger wants to make photographs that show how wonderful the world still is, and that we should do all we can to preserve and renew it.
Roger considers himself first and foremost a black and white, traditional, landscape photographer. His black and white images were mostly taken with a wooden Wista 4×5 field view camera. Recent images (since 2005) were taken with high resolution, digital full-frame cameras. Since he has worked with digital cameras, and a digital camera takes a color image, he now has the option to make color photographs, which he also shows at the FoA.
Roger has had several one-man shows in fine art galleries in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas, including the Forest and Ocean Gallery in Laguna Beach, the Huntington Beach Library, and the Cypress College Gallery. He also has been part of group shows at the art museum in La Habra, the Irvine Fine Art Gallery, the Chemers Gallery in Irvine, and the gallery at Borders in Laguna Hills. He was most recently in a group show at the BC Space gallery in Laguna Beach. Roger was in the Laguna Beach Art-A-Fair in 2012 and 2013 and has been in the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts in 2014, 2015, 2016, and the current show in 2017.