Alister Benn @alister_benn

Landscape Photography gives us the platform on which to build healthy and fulfilling lives. Being confident to stand up and be ourselves. Expressive.

Alister Benn photos and videos

1 weeks ago

I’m always drawn to moody light, this is from the north coast of Spain a couple days ago in the last night of the workshop. Taken literally from the van as we were unpacking to hike down to the beach. It’s so easy to have preconceptions if what we’re going to shoot, I prefer to be open for when inspiration strikes and I just naturally respond to something awesome. #spain #travel #landscapephotography #dramaticlight #expressive #creative #dark #darkness #stormcoming #aklb #2days #clouds

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2 weeks ago

Immersing ourselves in the landscape is the surest way to surrender to our true state. At times of full engagement when the world ceases to exist. We are fully connected to what is in front of us. Only then do we see our soul personified. #creative #landscapephotography #spain #cloudforest #forest #tree #misty #mountains #expressive #workshop #kasefiltersuk #lostandfound #aklb #loml

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2 weeks ago

The Workshop Diaries. New on Expressive Photography. Stunning light this morning on my workshop on the Spanish coast. Great group and an excellent atmosphere. #spaintravel #expressivephotography #asturias #kasefiltersuk #longexposure_photos #seascapes #coast #ocean #summer #calm #zen #hansstrand

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3 weeks ago

Day 1: back on the north coast of Spain running a workshop with 4 really awesome participants. Clear blue skies and quiet seas, but serenity and peaceful times. Everyone happy to be here with luggage and chilling in the sea air. Happiness is a road... #spain #seascape #expressive #creative #focusstacking #kasefiltersuk #chilling #zen #sozaf #aklb #healthy

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3 weeks ago

Which do you prefer? Photography that shows the big landscape, or more intimate and anonymous areas? More often these days I favour the latter, but I’m very curious as to your preference... #question #opinion #intimate #expressivephotography #creativity #composition #contemporary #poll #autumntrees #graphical #moody #mysterious

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3 weeks ago

Going to the woods is going home, for I suppose we came from the woods originally. But in some of nature's forests, the adventurous traveler seems a feeble, unwelcome creature; wild beasts and the weather trying to kill him, the rank, tangled vegetation, armed with spears and stinging needles, barring his way and making life a hard struggle: John Muir - For years I struggled making photographs in forests, the chaos seemed to confuse me and I was lost. I was looking, looking, looking, and never seeing. I was searching without fully appreciating being there. My mood would swing from irritated to confused, bitter and resentful. Then, I stopped looking and just allowed the woods to speak, drawing me in with their whispers and subtle, probing fingers. Then I saw, the light in the dark, the flow and the form. #scotlandphotography #scotlandshots #scotland_greatshots #scotland_ig #scotland_insta #scotlandlover #hubs_united #scotlandhighlands #scotlandlove #autumnwoods #nikond850 #kasefiltersuk #foggyforest #fog #fairytaleforest #magictree #magicforest

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3 weeks ago

Whatever your reasons for picking up a camera and heading for the countryside, good on you. It's this engagement with the natural world that sustains us, makes us appreciate a world beyond ourselves. No matter how deep in my own brain I get, a walk in the woods relieves the pressure and makes me see the bigger picture. . . . . . #scotlandphotography #scotlandshots #scotland_greatshots #scotland_ig #scotland_insta #scotlandlover #hubs_united #scotlandhighlands #scotlandlove #waterfalling #autumnwoods #longexposures #nikond850 #kasefiltersuk

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3 weeks ago

Banff by moonlight: just one of those nights when everything is quiet, you're alone and life just works... #moments #nightphotography #fullmoon #banff #midnight #glowing #landscapephotography #canada #natgeocanada #landscape

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3 weeks ago

Life's just one great big adventure: Join Expressive Photography on that journey, with workshops in Spain, Scotland & Finland in 2020. New locations for 2021: The Sahara Desert of Morocco and Arctic Sweden for autumn colours. Link in bio. #landscapephotography #workshops #adventure #creativity #expression #traveltheworld #natgeotravel #livelifenow #selfdevelopment #aklb2020

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5 weeks ago

Call of the wild: As I sit here in our apartment in downtown Oslo, I can feel a chill in the air, and even though the sun is shining and the memory of a hot summer is still fresh, I can hear autumn calling. The first few leaves are beginning to yellow, the mornings just a little bit cooler. I'm restless, I long for the smell of sea air, the wind thrashing against my face and the sea spray soaking me. It's then that I feel truly alive, outside in the wilds. When I started out on my journey to my current profession, I believed that photography was a marriage of art and craft, and I studied everything I could from aesthetics, composition, techniques, processing, colour theory. You name it, I studied it, often 10 hours a day for months on end, 365 days a year. The cliche that photography is a marriage of art and craft is a mantra I preached for a decade. Today I had a startling realisation, photography is neither about technique, nor art. To me, right here, right now, photography is about being outside, interested, engaged, energised and alive. It's not about seeing, but living. Only through living can we have perspective and stories to tell. Yes, study hard, but in the end, without living life to the fullest, our photographs mean very little. #nikon #nikonuk #kasefiltersuk #moody , #wild #livinglife #scotland #home #travelscotland #scotlandtravel #scotlandadventure #scottish #expressive #creative #talkaboutlife #inspiration #engagewiththeworld @annkristinlindaas @noriegaphotography #igshotz #instagoodmyphoto #natgeohub #natgeowild #landscapehunter #igbest_shotz

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5 weeks ago

Island Light: The west coast of Scotland is a remarkable place, poised between mountains and ocean, it typifies change, variability, moment by moment awareness and a true sense of being somewhere, really being. I lived on the west coast for 5 years and am returning later this year to once again rest among the rocks, sand and sea. A space between cloud and land, a place we can feel alive, energised and whole. A sanctuary. I am delighted to announce the @noriegaphotography and I will be co-leading a workshop to the Outer Hebrides, Torridon and the Cairngorms in October 2020. This is absolutely a one off event, with Alex coming across to Scotland for the first time. We're going to take a very small group of just 6 people to some of the most breath-taking places in Scotland and with both Alex and I in full teaching mode, it is sure to be fun and educational. Follow the link to Expressive Photography in my BIO for further details. #visitscotland #scotland #travel #scottishadventure #expressive #creativity #emotional #teaching #landscapephotography #workshop #instadaily #intimate @annkristinlindaas #expressivephotography #nikon #nikonuk #kasefiltersuk

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last month

Every day I’m alive the more I come to realise what a precious gift it is. Days can pass by dreaming of something in the future, wishing time away and feeling trapped if things aren’t perfect. Well, I’m embracing today as a gift and will laugh and love and smile. Enjoy it, you don’t get these days back. #livelife #behappy #embrace #smile #laugh #engage #create #express #articulate #landscapephotography #zen #awesomeplanet #aklbtoday #expressivephotography

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New Expressive Photography website launched tomorrow for the newsletter subscribers. (LINK IN BIO ) Can’t wait to share it with the world, actually very exciting for us: @annkristinlindaas @noriegaphotography @adamgibbsphoto @andreapozzifl @ryandyar @williampatino_photography @hansstrandofficial #expressive #photography #creativity #workshops #travel #adventure #landscape

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last month

One of the remote beaches we will be visiting with Alex Noriega on our Expressive Photography Workshop in October 2020. We can’t wait to launch the site on Thursday to mailing list subscribers. Sign up now (link in Bio ) @noriegaphotography @annkristinlindaas #visitscotland #travelscotland #scotland #adventure #workshop #instatravel #landscapephotography #sunset #kasefilters_uk #drama #goldenlight

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Jurassic Memories: on Thursday of this week we will be launching our new company and website - Expressive Photography. Collaboration workshops with an incredible line up of the 🌎 greatest landscape photographers. For exclusive pre-publication access to workshops in Spain, Scotland, Lapland and New Zealand, please subscribe to our newsletter (link in Bio ) - can’t wait. @annkristinlindaas @noriegaphotography @adamgibbsphoto @hansstrandofficial @ryandyar @andreapozzifl #expressive #photography #workshop #creative #emotional #articulate #spain #scotland #newzealand #travel #explore

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Next week we will be launching our website for the new company Expressive Photography Limited. There will be some amazing workshop collaborations with @hansstrandofficial , @noriegaphotography , @ryandyar , @andreapozzifl , @adamgibbsphoto and @williampatino_photography If you want pre-publication access to these workshops, please sign up for the Expressive Photography Newsletter as the website will only be live for subscribers for the first week. These trips will fill up very quickly. LINK IN BIO #aklb2020

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last month

Can you feel the light inside of you? My latest video is up on YouTube (Link in Bio ) - in it I discuss the topic of developing personal style and how to create a portfolio. #earth_shotz #earthfocus #jaw_dropping_shots #hubsunited #ig_nature_naturally #_epic_landscape_ #landscapephotography #landscape_captures #landscape_lovers #EarthVisuals #beautifulplaces #landscapelovers #welivetoexplore #awesome_earthpix #landscapes #landscapehunter #landscapelover #nature_shooters

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last month

The Gates of Mordor: I made this image on my first trip to Iceland many years ago when I wild camped for 6 weeks and barely saw anyone. I found this little gully right near the south ring road and have yet to see another image from there. That feeling of self discovery and exploration is so important in landscape photography, as it allows for a level of engagement and articulation that is so wholesome for our creativity. #landscapephotography #landscape_captures #landscape_lovers #EarthVisuals #beautifulplaces #landscapelovers #welivetoexplore #awesome_earthpix #landscapes #landscapehunter #landscapelover #nature_shooters #longexposure #naturelover #iceland #everydayiceland #igersiceland #inspiredbyiceland

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last month

Deep in the Gobi Desert a long way from civilisation. All I can hear is the sound of the wind, the sand blowing endlessly, and @adamgibbsphoto vlogging!!

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One of the finest beaches in the world, looking across to the Cuillin Ridge on the isle of Skye.

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July 2019

Midsummer on the Isle of Skye from Elgol a few years ago, a very fiery night indeed.

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July 2019

The first time: from my very first trip to Iceland. I spent the night at Kirkjufel on my own having camped there for a week and only seeing a couple of people the whole time. Magical moments of solitude under a big sky. #iceland #aurora #nightphotography #midnight #kirkjufel #west #north #alone #experience #travel #adventure #aklb

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July 2019

Engage: show me this world and all its wonders. Rime ice crusts thickly on an alpine Siberian Spruce as the sun drifts above the horizon as we meet another beautiful day at -32C #finland #lapland #winter #workshop #discovery #adventure #sunrise #abstract #glowing #aklb #loml #yckmn #expressive #photography #travel #adventure

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July 2019

Can’t wait to run a workshop in Finnish Lapland with @andreapozzifl in January 2020. Full details coming soon, working on the video now... #lapland #finland #winter #frozen #aklb #sunrise #amazing #adventure #arctic #remote #breathtaking #snowshoe #ice #workshop #expressive #photography #creative

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July 2019

Lapland Photo Tour with @alister_benn and @andreapozzifl - this is a pre publication announcement. More details very soon... #lapland #finland #winter #frozen #intimate #expressive #emotional #northenlights #arctic #2020 #aklb #livelife #adventure

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July 2019

On the first day: first light hits the sand in the Gobi Desert. Another day to wonder. #life #love #adventure #desert #expressive #creative #instaphoto #graphic #aklb #travel

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July 2019

In my latest YouTube Video I address the concept of getting it right in camera, because when I was starting out I was told if I didn’t, then I wasn’t a proper photographer. Check it out (LINK IN BIO ) #youtube #video #expressivephotography #breaktherules #contemporary #creative #learning #aklb2020 #newbeginnings #sunrise #desert #gobi #travel #adventure

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July 2019

The sun sinks into the mist above the Yellow Mountains of China.

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July 2019

Getting it right in Camera: I shot this one this morning as I was working on my new video covering this most debated topic. What does it mean in the digital world to get it right in camera. I’ll be publishing my thoughts in a couple of days on my YouTube Channel (link in Bio ). Please subscribe to get notifications. #blackandwhitephotography #mono #longexposure #minimalism #abstract #fineart #kase_uk #instadaily #instaart #blackandwhite #instablackandwhite #aklb

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July 2019

I’m interested In breaking down barriers between the establishment and our ability to be creative and innately Expressive. I want to say what I want, how I want, and most importantly, why I want. I make photographs for me, to express myself and help make sense of a confusing world. Follow my exploratory videos on YouTube (link in Bio ) thanks. #youtube #video #sunset #sunrise #morning #desert #sunrise #landscapephotography #landscape_captures #landscape_lovers #EarthVisuals #beautifulplaces #sunshine #landscapelovers #day #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #welivetoexplore #awesome_earthpix #mothernature #weather #landscapes #early #silhouette #all_sunsets #red #twilight #dusk #orange #light

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July 2019

The longer I’m involved in making photographs, the clearer it is that what’s important is my relationship with the world around me. So fragile, so vulnerable, and we are all influencers. As I continue to explore my appreciation of the aesthetic I find relationships that are charged with emotion. #sunrise #landscapephotography #morning #landscape_captures #landscape_lovers #EarthVisuals #beautifulplaces #skylovers #sunshine #landscapelovers #day #instasky #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #horizon #welivetoexplore #awesome_earthpix #mothernature #weather #landscapes #early #silhouette #all_sunsets #red #twilight #dusk #orange #light

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