'tis the summer of rooftop parties, happy hours and writing an album.  I feel extremely blessed to be 21 and graduated with huge opportunities.  I'm working a full-time job that I love with people I look forward to seeing every morning.  Also, I have time and means to work on my music project, Native Slang.  The only downside to being so busy is that I can't keep up on things like blogging as well as I did before.

Here are a few images I shot for Exponent’s Alumni Rooftop Party last week.  Exponent is the PR side of where I work (Colle+McVoy).  We have all been working on Exponent’s new website which just launched.  I highly suggest everyone takes a look at it as we are all very proud of how it turned out.


http://www.exponentpr.com/

More photos from the event can be found on the Exponent Facebook page…

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152116799864899.1073741828.156681329898

My Graduation Portfolio Show!

"We must wonder in order to grow, and we must wander in order to get there."

 

Spring 2013 Photography Program

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition (Opening Reception)

15 S. 9th St. Minneapolis, MN 55402

Thursday, June 13, 2013

6:00pm to 8:30pm

Please join me and my fellow photography graduates for the opening reception of our graduate gallery and the presentation of our portfolios!

-Benjamin J Muller


Campbell-Logan Bindery - Round 2

I have had the opportunity to shoot Campbell-Logan, a Minneapolis bindery. You should note that binding of this caliber has become scarce, especially in the United States. Hats off to these guys for keeping the craft alive! I have a lot of work to post and will be revisiting to shoot more soon, so stay posted. Honestly, I felt like a kid in a candy shop…

www.campbell-logan.com

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Campbell-Logan Bindery - Round 1

I have had the opportunity to shoot Campbell-Logan, a Minneapolis bindery. You should note that binding of this caliber has become scarce, especially in the United States. Hats off to these guys for keeping the craft alive! I have a lot of work to post and will be revisiting to shoot more soon, so stay posted. Honestly, I felt like a kid in a candy shop…

www.campbell-logan.com

All Rights Reserved Benjamin J Muller

Let’s Embrace Instagram

Dudes & Lady-Dudes of the Photo Realm,

Let’s Embrace Instagram.

I know it is a controversial topic. Bear with me. I have recently jumped on the iPhone train. Yes, I am way behind and just now realizing how amazing it is compared to my previous “dumb-phone”. To be fair, I lived life just fine with that thing. Even after having it stolen, I lived with no phone at all for an entire week including my 21st birthday. I figured after seven days without a phone, the iPhone would have given me seizures by now.. but I digress.

There is a beauty in this new age of technology where everyone has the ability to photograph with ease at any given point in time. I’m not saying everyone who takes photos is a photographer, that would be like saying I am a chef because I bake a frozen pizza and pour a bowl of cereal (seriously, my two best dishes). There is a deep understanding of process and visual art necessary for a “true” critique of photography. People like my grandmother, as much as I love her, don’t have this knowledge. However, I find myself blinded by the rules I have shoveled into my brain cavity. Sometimes, my grandmother will point out something I completely overlooked. 

Instagram simplifies everything about photography. It forces you to strip your work down to the bare bones, with the exception of a few filters. Honestly, I have seen some great work done by people who are far from professional photographers. It is my belief that these individuals have “the eye” or the ability to communicate on at least an elementary level of design. Through Instagram, these folks get to show off their knack for visual art and all of a sudden the professional photographers are shakin’ in their boots! I think it’s because we realize that they are just a hop, skip and a jump away from where we stand in the photographic community. Sure, we have thrown money and persistence into an education and career but they just received more likes through a “silly” social media site.

Why can’t this fuel us? Let me rephrase.. This CAN fuel us. At least it fuels a good portion of us. I’m not a professional “Instagramer”, no one is! It is beautiful to me that we are all given equal opportunity to explore visual art on an elementary level with no repercussions. Instagram creates a new environment for visual trial and error. Stop shakin’ in your boots and jump on the train.

Follow me @benjaminjmuller

http://instagram.com/benjaminjmuller

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"Dog Park"

A casual stroll lead me to a few snapshots that sparked my interest.


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Momentum

Momentum: The impetus gained by a moving object.

I sat down with an old teacher today and talked for a while about life, careers, travel, finances and the art of photography.  In the end it all boiled down to one word, momentum.  We covered personal struggles in building momentum and where it can be lost. We suggested what momentum can be used for and why it is vital to our physical and emotional survival. Most importantly, we proposed plans on how to pace, harness and drive momentum.

The wisdom to be found in conversation of open-speaking mentors is vast. My only concern is my ability to capture, archive and reference such large concepts for when I truly need reminders of the bigger perspective.

Benjamin J Muller


I know this is my “photo blog” however I am also deeply interested in music writing. It’s a form of stress release and vastly different from creating photographs, however both hold their own space in my creative expression.  

Here is a little taste! I play guitar and sing. I have help from Engineer/Producer Izaac Burkhart with filling in the rest of the band.

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"Wooden Rings"

My friend Brock has started carving beautiful wooden rings.  I was lucky enough to be one of the first to receive my very own!  Thought I would return the favor and photograph his carpentry in action.

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"Coffee & Cramming"

One of my favorite coffee shops, Spyhouse (the one located on Nicollet) 

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"Time, Appropriation & Process

I sat in on a very close friend of mine doing an appropriation project.  Nick is a furniture designer and quite the handyman.  Here he is making an old chair into an end table.

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