Please introduce yourself: What is your name, where are you from, what do you do?
My name is Casey Bennett, I am currently residing in Williams Lake, a small blue collar community in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region of British Columbia, Canada. I work as a part time freelance graphic designer for the City of Williams Lake and the Business Improvement Association and a few other small clients. I also do other side jobs when the work isn’t pouring in — it’s weird, but I like menial and tedious jobs like going out and working for a hydro-vac company for a few weeks. I meet very interesting people that way. I can’t be doing the same thing too often or I get very bored.
What is your relationship with photography? How did you get into it and what keeps you interested or motivated?
I’ve always been deeply fascinated with anything relating to cameras. Growing up, my dad had an old Pentax ME Super 35mm film camera that I used to take out every so often and go make horrible mistakes because I didn’t understand anything about exposure, ISO or aperture. I began shooting more and more frequently about 10 years ago when I bought a DSLR. I moved to a bigger city and started shooting as much as possible, trying to cover everything from taking photos of aggressive hardcore punk concerts to these beautiful, elaborate weddings - really spreading myself too thin and eventually narrowing everything down to what I do now, which is more contemporary landscape and documentary style.
I live with terrible general anxiety disorder and I’m deeply introverted, so photography is my way to confront the world around me and face certain fears like approaching people — getting out of my comfort zone.
What are you currently working on, and — if there is — what is your next project or journey?
Right now I am still working on my ongoing series «Hub City», which I hope to turn into a book within a year or two. Speaking of books, I’ve got a couple of zines that I am looking to get out into the world — soon. I am gearing up for a couple of workshops I’ll be teaching in one of the nearby Indigenous communities. I am also working with a Harm Reduction Coordinator at the local Boys and Girls Club to produce a short documentary about a pilot program she’s been teaching at the high schools. I am also collaborating with a very talented filmmaker named Nadia Tan on a project we both started on Instagram called The Hard Season, a photographic conversation between the both of us, two strangers who have never met in person. 2018 is going to be a little busy.
Thank you Casey!