This is a Collection of images created by Bristol based portrait photographer Benjamin Robert Muir. Benjamin has been a professional photographer for just over 12 years and he has done lots of work since. Benjamin began his journey into photography at Exeter College in Devon before continuing on to the University of Sunderland where he received First Class Honours in Photography, Video & Digital Imagery. After graduating, Benjamin exhibited works at galleries across the country including the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle and Otterton Mill Gallery in East Devon. Since moving to Bristol in 2012, Benjamin has been privileged to work on some amazing projects around the city. These include working with b-creative on projects for Bristol Plays Music at Colston hall, working with Palace Studios for Virgin Records, Parlophone and Kylie.com. Benjamin has also had the privilege to take portraits of internationally acclaimed illustrator Jenni Sparks and award-winning spoken word poet Vanessa Kisuule. He is also proud to have been involved with a number of charities, such as The Big issue.
For this project, Benjamin focused on his personal perception/fears of what relationships bring.” ….Focusing on the troubles and struggles of being in a relationship, the images do not show the happy side of couple life, but instead capture the downfall of a relationship. The ‘honeymoon period’ is over; lies, jealousy and distrust floods the images…”. Benjamin found himself pondering whether all the problems and failings within past relationships, had nothing to do with previous partners, but all stemmed from himself. “What if all the downfalls sprung from my own personal reflections put onto my partners?” Hence why Benjamin played the role of both the male and female for this images.
Benjamin found most of his inspiration for this project from Nan Goldin, for her self portraits, and exploration on documenting relationships and intimacy.
For more of Ben’s work click below
Photos by Benjamin Robert Muir