Casey Bennett • Williams Lake
Please introduce yourself: what’s 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/ 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/ 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.