It is with great pride that today I announce the release of my newest Gallery titled Unbound. This gallery is dedicated to my father's memory, and I picked today to release it because April 4th is his birthday. My father was always one of my biggest supporters and it brought me great joy showing him my work during the final years of his life while he lived in a nursing home. While he wasn't mobile or able to leave the home much, my images were able to bring the world to him.
The title 'Unbound' was picked for a few reasons. One of the main reasons was that for the past few years I have felt like I was bound and tethered. I didn't shoot much wildlife because a lot of my favorite spots were now crawling with photographers and were no longer peaceful to me. We also shot a lot of fashion photography and took on portrait clients. I was bound to client timelines and keeping relevant in the local fashion industry. Unfortunately the local fashion industry has brought Amy and I nothing but heart ache and drama. Late last year we had our fill of it all and we doubled down on wildlife photography. I purchased a 500mm F4 to replace my tired Tamron 150-600 and made it a goal of mine to get out and see the world again. I was no longer bound by clients, fashion, and people. We were free. We no longer had to worry about the local industry, or any of the toxic influences that came with it. We are Unbound.
This gallery focuses on true wildlife, and will not feature anything captive from the zoo.
Link to our gallery show on youtube
Link to the gallery on our website
Keywords: art gallery, mike benkis, nebraska, photography, unbound
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