Ben is U.K. based Director of photography with 22 years experience. He studied film in the UK to degree level and then film production at Vancouver Film School in the early 90s graduating with with a post-graduate diploma in cinematography. Ben has shot many different genres; television dramas, feature length drama and documentaries, commercials and over 40 music promos.
His television experience includes 12 years and 134 episodes as a principle director of photography on the Emmy award winning BBC series, Top Gear and currently as DOP on 3 seasons of the “Grand Tour” for Amazon Studios
His filming assignments have taken him all over the world, extensively through Europe, the USA, South America, Asia, Middle East and the High Arctic. Ben's ability to adapt to local working practices and foster a creative and collaborative atmosphere amongst his crew and colleagues has often been essential to the visual success of a project. His attention to detail, composition and a considered approach honed in stills is expressed in his moving image work coupled with and ability to hustle and run and gun if the situation requires it. Skills which have served him well particularly during his time on Top Gear and Grand Tour in testing environments and tight schedules, both shows enjoying significant global success and praise for their visuals.
Ben's numerous drama credits as DOP include the BAFTA nominated BBC children’s drama “Behind Closed Doors” (2003) and BBC drama “Thunder Road” (2001) written by John Godber and Nic Copus. Ben has also has served as B-unit Director of Photography on Power TV’s “Day of the Triffids” remake (2009) and 2nd unit DOP on the internationally successful TV mini-series, “The Summit” (2008) produced by Shaftsbury Films Toronto.
He also served as a camera operator for DOP Antony Dodd Mantle ASC,DFF,BSC , on Ron Howards 2012 F1 feature film “Rush” during several of the films dynamic race sequences.
Other television credits include several episodes of Darlow Smithson’s “I Shouldnt Be Alive” strand, and Raw TVs "Paranormal Witness" and “Fugitive Chronicles” series. His documentary work has taken him all over the world including 11 Top Gear/ Grand Tour “specials” with locations as diverse as the magnetic North Pole and the source of the River Nile.
He has shot episodes of the BBC scientific documentary strand, “Horizon” and the BBC military documentary, “Arctic Convoys” and was joint DOP on “First” the official film of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Ben also has numerous documentary credits for Discovey Channel and National Geographic channel.
His work in commercials has included shoots for UK companies Rogue, Outsider, Cricket and Thing2 and agencies TBWA, AMV/BBDO, CHI, Saatchis and JWT. Commercial clients include Land Rover, Mercedes, Lexus, Cadillac, Aston Martin, Nissan, Polaris, and the recent winning bid film for the 2018 winter Olympics in South Korea.