I think it is not a know fact that Ben has only been shooting professionally for about 18 months. And actually quit his first job as an event photographer to peruse a career in engineering.
But then Ben quit his engineering life, and without a safety net jumped into the (cold, crowded) pool of making his job (and his life) 100% photography. Always seizing opportunities and never letting anything escape (even if the personal price was high).
The video below from Kevin Kubota’s Photographers Ignite pokes at bit at Ben’s brain. I am sharing this because I think Ben’s finishing words are strong and inspirational:
The fear will always be there, it never truly leaves. Fear of failure, fear the unknown, fear of instability. But sometimes those fears are way better than the alternative. Of not knowing what you waking up for in the morning. I know what I wake up for in the morning, and that is the graph life by the balls, to live the ups the downs and everything in between and I believe, I believe that I will succeed at whatever I set my mind to do because that is the reality that I have chosen to live in, and in this reality also choose to believe in you.
[The inspirational journey of Von Wong in 5 minutes | Benjamin Von Wong]