|A note from Benjamin McCormick, |
My love of the ocean began when I was very young, as I joined my parents and two brothers living aboard a 22 foot catboat and sailing the NorthEast coast in the summers. I somehow managed to catch my first bluefish on a handline at age three, and have been a fanatical fisherman ever since. Saltwater will always bring back the best of my memories.
When I was 17, I spent what savings I had on my first real camera. I traveled to central Africa, then to South Africa on a high school exchange program. The wildlife was beyond anything I'd expected; one highlight being the mountain gorillas in (then) Zaire, and Rwanda, and I realized that few things in life would ever hold a candle to the wilder side of nature.
I graduated college with a B.A. in English literature, and set off for Asia with the hope of writing a travelogue of sorts. After exploring Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand, I found a sailboat looking for crew, and sailed across the Indian Ocean. In the Red Sea, the ship caught on fire and went down, along with my camera, numerous rolls of film, and 350 pages of manuscript.
Though I've been photographing seriously for over twenty five years, it wasn't until the late 90's that I decided to become a full-time artist. Oddly enough, traveling seems to have shifted my interest from the broad to the particular, and focused my eye on the merit of progressively simpler things. Beauty, adventure, and epiphany are all forever at our doorstep. I feel enormously fortunate to be able to combine my passions with my livelihood.