Ben is U.K. based Director of photography with 23 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, documentaries, commercials and over 40 music promos.
His television experience includes 13 years and 134 episodes as a principle director of photography on the Emmy award winning BBC series Top Gear and 3 seasons and 35 episode of the “The Grand Tour” for Amazon Studios
His filming assignments have taken him all over the world, extensively through Europe, the USA, South America, Asia, Africa the Middle East and 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.
His work in commercials has included shoots for agencies REDWOOD, TBWA, AMV/BBDO, CHI, Saatchis and JWT. and production companies Rogue, Outsider, Casper & Co and Mother . Bens Commercial clients include Waitrose Ferrari, Lexus, Land Rover, Mercedes, Cadillac, Aston Martin, Nissan, Polaris, Minolta,Goodyear and Unilever.
Ben's numerous drama credits as DOP include the BAFTA nominated BBC children’s drama “Behind Closed Doors” and BBC drama “Thunder Road” written by John Godber and Nic Copus. Ben has also served as B-unit Director of Photography on Power TV’s “Day of the Triffids”, 2nd unit DOP on the internationally successful TV mini-series, “The Summit” and 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 episodes of Darlow Smithson’s “I Shouldnt Be Alive” and Raw TVs "Paranormal Witness" and “Fugitive Chronicles” series filmed in Canada.
His documentary work has taken him all over the world for projects such as BBC "Horizon", Nat Geo's "One Strange Rock" and numerous Discovery Channel assignments along with 13 Top Gear/ Grand Tour “specials” with locations as diverse as the magnetic North Pole and the Mekong River.
When not filming you can find him running with his dog Laika on the South Downs...