- Photographer: Benjo Arwas
- Photo Assistant: Brandon Wholihan
- Stylist: Monty Jackson
- Hair: Bobby Eliot
- Makeup: Jenna Tucker
- Talent: Skylar Grey
DF- Where’s home at the moment?
BA- Socrates said: “I’m not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world” this is how I feel. I’m skipping from one place to another.
DF- How long have you been a photographer?
BA- I’ve discovered photography about 2 years ago, but actually since I decided to take it really to the next step is 1.5 years ago.
DF- Who or what influenced you to start taking photographs?
BA- Who? Everything from the ocean, nature, art, music to dreams and imagination. What? The ability and the known that I’m sealing a moment that will never come back or more to say – 1/125th of a second.
DF-Did you go to school to study photography?
BA- Currently I resides at Santa Barbara and attending to Brooks Institute Of Photography with the concentration on Advertising
DF-A photographer who inspires you?
BA- Helmut Newton: Black and white, story telling, edgy, provocative, contrast, sarcastic and he just knows exactly what he needs.
DF- What gives you ideas and what inspires you to create your beautiful images?
BA- First of all the models themselves. Their charisma and their character,
DF-Do you listen to music while you’re shooting? And if so who are your favorite artists to listen to while you’re working?
BA- I’m listening to Diana Krall when I’m doing post production and for everything else Lenny Kravitz.
DF- Do you prefer Black & White or Color?
BA- Black and White is the new color. Whatever you can do with color you can do with black and white.
DF- Is there a specific person you would love to take a photo of?
BA- Kate Moss
DF-Do you shoot digital or film?
BA- I’m shooting digital, and I’m using the Canon 5d Mark II. But mostly I’m shooting on film with Mamiya RZ67 and 4X5. There is no better quality than film.
DF- What’s your favorite piece of equipment?
BA- Mamiya RZ67 with Kodak Tri-X 400.
DF- If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
BA- 35mm. It’s perfect for everything.
DF- What lightning equipment do you take on a shoot?
BA- It depends on what kind of apporach I want. Sometimes I bring an off camera flash, sometimes only a reflector, but mostly nothing. I just need to find the right angle of the light, the quality and how to use it the best on my subject.
DF- How important is Photoshop in your final images?
BA- Important but not as much as I’m doing stuff in-camera.
DF- Are you a Mac or PC lover?
BA- Mac and PC.
DF-The hardest part of your job?
BA- I love my job, but I’m getting bored with my art. I’m always looking for the best and I want to improve it, which means brainstorming 24/7.
DF-Where is your favorite place to live and work as a photographer in the World and why?
BA- As I said, im a citizen of the world. Each place has its unique landscape and unique vibes to produce at.
DF- What would you like to be doing in 5 years from now?
BA- Vogue Italy.
DF-Where would you like to retire?
BA- Tuscana, Italy.
DF- What advice do you have for someone who want to pursue a career in photography?
BA- Hard work pays off. Learn the basic techniques and than do it from the heart for the art. Know photography before you call yourself a photographer.