Ben Franke, Parkour Motion

Interviews with Photographers December 20, 2012 8:56 am

Can you tell me about your project, Parkour Motion – how did you come up with the idea for the project and how long did you work on it?

I have been photographing Parkour for years now and am always thinking of new ways to shoot it. A few years ago, I shot a series of 3D images to convey the motion and movement of space, which can’t be translated as well through a 2D image. Parkour Motion is a continuation on that, and demonstrates the energy, power and determination of the athletes. This series was shot over two days in Manhattan.

What equipment did you use? Did you run into any difficulties at the shoot?

I shot the photos with a Canon 5D mark 2 and a Tamron 24-70mm lens. It was lit using a 580ex flash with an umbrella and a reflector for a bit of fill. 

This shoot thankfully didn’t have any difficulties. Sometimes you run into problems with overeager security guards but this time we were left alone.
Is this a work in progress? Do you have plans for future personal projects?
This is definitely still a work in progress. Parkour is something I love to shoot and will be doing more with in the future. I plan on experimenting more with Parkour and motion to see what other kinds of images I can create.
 
Future projects include a Parkour video in the same vain of these new images as well as continuing with my fashion week portraiture project.
Ben Franke

Ben Franke

Ben Franke

Ben Franke

Ben Franke

Ben Franke

Ben Franke

Ben Franke

(Ben is based in New York. See more of his work, here)

2 Comments

  • aurore.rezzoagli

    Spanish photographer Roberto Alegria win an International Award (IPA) with his serie “Skateboarding On Dust” and a couple of weeks later Ben Franke is publishing some very identical pictures… I do not believe in casuality and this should be shared! PLAGIARISM is a MORAL OFFENCE….. That photographer is dishonest and i hope it will be noticed!!!! Check here: http://tiny.cc/90v8rw

    • Hi Aurore,
      Thank you for your comment. I wasn’t aware of Roberto Alegria’s skateboarding series. Thank you for sharing it and for your comment. I am not sure if Ben knows of or has seen Roberto’s work but I will let him know about your comment and give him a chance to follow up with you.
      Best, Kate

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