“The Forest Project” in Finland

As time goes by, the status of the forests has been changing with the rise of industrialization and urbanization, but the connection between the Finnish people and the forest remains. For the Finns, the forest has once symbolized something spiritual and holy. Nature gods and spirits were worshipped in the sun-lit groves and dark and gloomy spruce forests were avoided, since they were considered to be the relams of goblins and trolls. The lives of the Nordic people were not directed by a calendar, but the harvest season of berries and mushrooms and the yearly migration routes of the animals. The forest used to be our ruler.

I just got back from Finland.
I spent 3 days in a forest with Sade Kamppila and Viivi Roiha; two Finnish female circus artists.

We collaborated and created photographic / video work for The Forest Project, a new project combining contemporary circus arts and the forest.

We stayed in an isolated cottage right next to the Russian border, a beautiful lake (one of nearly 200k lakes Finland has to offer), no shower or running water, yes sauna, yes fireplace, yes (what felt like) world’s largest population of human-eating-mosquitos, yes great food by two fantastic artists (Sade & Viivi)…

I already miss this forest.

Below are some of the images we made (you can also check my Instagram for some BTW snaps).

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Collaboration with Marshmallow Laser Feast’s ‘Forest’


Last summer (July 31, 2014) I was given the Mamiya Leaf Credo 50 prior to its release for some testing. The Credo 50 is a medium format camera that works in high ISO and produces outstanding results using up to ISO 6400! The images here were taken with ISO ranging from 400 to 3200.

Round about the same time my good friends at Marshmallow Laser Feast had their ‘Forest’ installation at the Barbican’s Digital Revolution exhibition.

We decided to play around a little bit and see what we come up with.

What you see here are variations of long exposures taken inside the installation’s room. The exposures vary from few seconds to 30. We used different methods to achieve the resulting images.













Marshmallow Laser Feast.
Marshmallow Laser Feast’s ‘Forest’ installation at the Barbican’s Digital Revolution exhibition.
Mamiya Leaf Credo 50.

Ron Beeri / MIDBAR: New juggling video

I’m happy to share a new juggling video we filmed earlier this month and managed to finish the editing for a quick release.
The video is called MIDBAR, the Hebrew word for ‘desert’.
It was filmed at the Israeli desert (Ramon Crater and Dead Sea area) during a 2 day trip in April 2015 using Canon 5D MK III.

Juggling: Ron Beeri
Editing: Ori Roth
Filming & Directing: Ben Hopper

Music: ‘Seven Seas’, by Avishai Cohen
From the album Seven Seas (2010, Parlophone / Warner)
Published by Sony / ATV Publishing / Gadu Music

Interview for Russian website Cultural Evolution

Ben Hopper

I’m happy to share an interesting slightly more technical/photography oriented interview I’ve done for the Russian website “Cultural Evolution” last February.
You can find the English version below or head to their website and see the original post here.

7 questions for a photographer / Ben Hopper

How many photos do you need to take in order to get a good shot?
It really depends on what and who I’m photographing. It can be one photo and it can be a 1000. Sometimes I need to take 200 photos in order to let the subject get used to the camera and me. Some people I shoot have never been in front of a camera like that so most of the first photos will be quite bad but I have to take them to get to the good ones which appear towards the end of the shoot.

3 best photos you have taken recently
There’s no such thing as ‘best’ for me. But I can select 3 of my favourites. 3 that I’m more satisfied with.

Which kind of cameras do you use and what is your favorite photography accessory?
I mainly use Canon 5D MK II and MK III and Mamiya Leaf Credo 80 and 50. I really like the 55mm f2.8 lens on the Credo 80 body. It’s equivalent to about 35mm on DSLR full frame. There’s something very intimate about this lens when shooting portraits with it. It’s also my favourite lens for landscapes which I hardly photographed before using the Credo system. The file quality is incredible. Really gives a whole new meaning to each image you take. There’s a weight to these fragments. Otherwise the Canon 24-70mm L f2.8 has been a favourite for years. Best lens for my performance work; circus and dance. That or the Canon 70-200mm L f2.8.

Which is your most frequently used Photoshop tool, plug-in, action set etc.?
I use everything in the “Basic” panel on Adobe Lightroom as well as the “Clarity” on Lightroom quite a lot. I really love cranking up the curves. Boosting the image to its limits. I’ve also been getting more and more addicted with inverting photos into negatives. I mainly do it in Lightroom now and playing around with the RAW files. There’s a whole new project I’m starting to work with nowadays, photographing full body tattoos in negatives using the Credo 80.

The first photographer who comes to your mind and why?
Manuel Vason. Manuel is a friend and pioneer in performance photography. He’s one of the only photographers I know that I can look at most of his work and think ‘I wish I took that photo’.

Your advice and some tips for a beginner photographer
Be true to yourself. Don’t copy. Be unique. Photograph what you truly love. Don’t be afraid to contact people / magazines / blogs about your work. Don’t wait till people approach you, is what I’m saying…

Be polite and patient. It takes years. Be grateful too, the camera you have in your hands can open a lot of doors. Don’t abuse this power.

What would you photograph, if you were able to travel through time and space?
George Carlin.

“When you have to shoot, shoot; don’t talk” + more inspirational quotes

The Good, Bad and the Ugly ; Tuco Shoots

Note: This is an old post I made 4 years ago. It stayed in my drafts, I think it’s time to post it.

Yesterday I posted a status on my facebook page saying: “Talking about art makes me tired. Why do you need to talk about it so much? Just do it“.

I’ve decided it might be beneficial for some of you out there if I shared some related quotes that inspiring to me. This is not just about photography or art, it can be anything from life to parenting to work and so on. All of these are from a growing collection of mine. They’re all listed alphabetically. You can also access the original updated Google Docs file here.

Our lives today are cluttered with loads of crap we have to take everyday. If you just realise you can become and do whatever you want, everything is possible. Well, you probably can’t become a ring-tailed lemur, yet …but who knows, give it couple more decades with technology.

Anyway, going back to what I said above: JUST DO IT

“A small leak can sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
“An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn’t take his education too seriously.” – Charles F. Kettering
“At the age of four, you were an artist. And at seven, you were a poet.” – Seth Godin
“Attitudes are contagious. Make yours worth catching.” – Unknown
“Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.” – Napolean Hill
“Believe those who are seeking the truth doubt those who find it; doubt everything; but do not doubt yourself.” – André Gide
“Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.” – André Gide
“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” – Cyril Connolly
“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson
“By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.” – Robert Frost
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napolean Hill
“Don’t ever wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it.” – Cale Yarborough
“Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth “you owe me”. Look what happens with a love like that – it lights the whole sky” – Daniel Ladinsky (Hafiz?)
“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
“Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.” – Vladimir Lenin
“He is able who thinks he is able.” – Buddha
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha
“How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever.” – David Norris
“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” – Abraham Lincoln
“I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.” – Che Guevara
“I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” – Agatha Christie
“I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.” – Buddha
“I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.” – Albert Einstein
“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” – Bruce Lee
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
“If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying.” – Dale Carnegie
“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee
“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” – Mary Engelbreit
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee
“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” – John D. Rockefeller
“In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” – Robert Frost
“Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the Best…” – Frank Zappa
“Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.” – Dale Carnegie
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
“Life is a big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can.” – Danny Kaye
“Life’s Tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away.” – Elbert Hubbard
“My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” – John F. Kennedy
“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.” – Ellen Goodman
“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” – Norman Vincent Peale
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” – Dale Carnegie
“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” – Dalai Lama
“Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.” – Mason Cooley
“Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” – Roy Goodman
“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Les Brown
“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” – Dr. Joyce Brothers
“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton
“The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes
“The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one.” – Bill Hicks
“The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.” – Napoleon Hill
“The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.” – Neil Gaiman
“The person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking.” – Albert Einstein
“The problem with troubleshooting is that trouble shoots back.” – Unknown
“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama
“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” – Che Guevara
“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” – Buddha
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” – Buddha
“To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.” – Bertrand Russell
“Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.” – Virgil Garnett Thomson
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.” – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
“We all desire a penis …or ‘happiness’ as we say in English.” – Chris Anderson
“We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.” – Dale Carnegie
“We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work.” – John F. Kennedy
“What a pity human beings can’t exchange problems. Everyone knows exactly how to solve the other fellow’s.” – Olin Miller
“When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean.” – Lin Chi
“When written in Chinese the word crisis is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” – John F. Kennedy
“Work like you don’t need the money, Love like you’ve never been hurt, And dance like no-one’s watching. ” – Unknown
“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar
“You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk” – Unknown
“You can’t run away from trouble. There ain’t no place that far.” – Uncle Remus
“You gotta dance like nobody’s watching, dream like you will live forever, live like you’re going to die tomorrow and love like it’s never going to hurt.” – Meme Grifsters
“You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave.” – Henry Ward Beecher
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi
“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.” – John Mason

“Ellie & Alicia” by Yeff & Hopper

On February 5, 2014 I gathered my good friend Harry Yeff (Reeps One) in my studio along with Alicia Jade and Ellie Thompson to create our 6th collaboration.

The photo shoot was a part of my larger project “The Illustrated“, but as Harry and me created more and work over the last two years, including a major part of his debut exhibition A.D.O. (London, March 2014), we decided to make a ‘sub-brand’ for all of our work together and call it “Yeff & Hopper”.

This time it was ink and paint on the skin but also a whole dedicated drawn background.
I took shots in my studio of Alicia and Ellie together and separately and we managed to run up to the roof of my building with Ellie to take some quick snaps before she freezes in the February London cold.

Check more of Harry’s work on Facebook: ARTMUSIC.

For print purchases / press inquiries please contact me directly on:

“Transfiguration”: New photo project

Shakirudeen (Bonetics) & Leilani Franco

The first photo shoot with dancer Alejandra Baño dates back to November 2012. That shoot was an experiment but something happened there.
Like a mask, the layers of body paint and powder disguise the identity and release something animalistic from within.
It also creates a sculptor / painting looking figure, more abstract and less human.
A little more than 2 years later I am very excited to share with you the first batch of images from my new project “Transfiguration“.
For this project I decided to work with circus artists and dancers for their physical appearance and capabilities.
The list includes international acclaimed performers and graduates of the world’s leading circus schools, École nationale de cirque (Montreal, Canada), CNAC; Centre national des arts du cirque (Châlons-en-Champagne, France) and National Centre for Circus Arts (London, UK).

List of participators so far (in alphabetical order):
Alejandra Baño
Garance Hubert-Samson
Guillaume Blais
Hauk Pattison
Jonathan Fortin
Kaner Flex
Lauren Taylor
Leilani Franco
Luca Chiarva
Lucie Roux
Sasha Flexy
Shakirudeen “Bonetics”
Yammel Rodriguez

Selected press & write-ups:
The Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Bloglovin’ViralNovaBored PandaDesign You TrustJuxtapoz MagazineBeautiful/DecayEverythingWithATwistModernism.

Selected quotes:
Photographer Ben Hopper‘s “Transfiguration” project transforms his subjects into living sculptures. Each photo is charged with kinetic energy, only heightened by the bold streaks of body paint and splatters of white powder.
Some of the photographs look like cubist paintings because of the contrast between black, white, and human flesh along with the seemingly impossible angles and feats of flexibility performed by the subjects. The body paint looks almost like strokes of charcoal, creating depth while also the illusion of two-dimensionality.” – Beautiful/Decay

Hopper challenges art through his photography by engaging bodies, faces and people in general within his settings.” – EverythingWithATwist

…more like 3D Jackson Pollock paintings or John Chamberlain sculptures than human beings.” – The Huffington Post

The project is still going and there’s more work that I will release later on.
Photographed with Mamiya Leaf Credo 80 and Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

Limited edition prints of “Transfiguration” are available for purchase.

For print purchases / press inquiries please contact me directly on:
View project on my main website.
View project on my Facebook page.

Thank you: Mamiya Leaf, Peartree PhotoEscapade Fancy Dress (for the body paint)

Shakirudeen (Bonetics) & Leilani Franco

Shakirudeen (Bonetics)

Shakirudeen (Bonetics)

Shakirudeen (Bonetics)

Jonathan Fortin

Jonathan Fortin

Jonathan Fortin

Jonathan Fortin

Jonathan Fortin

Alejandra Baño

Alejandra Baño

Alejandra Baño

Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor

Luca Chiarva & Yammel Rodriguez

Luca Chiarva & Yammel Rodriguez

Luca Chiarva & Yammel Rodriguez

Guillaume Blais

Guillaume Blais

Guillaume Blais

Guillaume Blais

Garance Hubert-Samson & Lucie Roux

Garance Hubert-Samson & Lucie Roux

Hauk Pattison

Hauk Pattison & Sasha Flexy

Hauk Pattison & Sasha Flexy

Hauk Pattison & Sasha Flexy

Hauk Pattison & Sasha Flexy

Kaner Flex

Kaner Flex

Kaner Flex

Kaner Flex

Kaner Flex

Interview for Mamiya Leaf

I’ve had the pleasure talking to Mamiya Leaf, makers of “Credo 80” – an 80 mega pixel wonder camera I used to photograph my recent project “Natural Beauty”.

Ben Hopper: “It’s like she’s saying ‘I’m confident with my body and I don’t care what you think.'”

London-based Ben Hopper is a consummate fine-art professional performance-focused photographer, with an unstoppable creative energy. End of last year, he started working with the Mamiya Leaf Credo 80 for personal projects. Projects that ‘perhaps wouldn’t usually include the usage of medium format cameras.’

Probably his most-seen work today is the project, “Natural Beauty,” a series of beautiful women shot with arm raised, revealing armpit hair. These images, which were recently published in the Huffington Post, led to so many people trying to access his web site that they literally crashed not only his site, but that of his service provider! The project was grabbed by the biggest publications worldwide bringing millions of views combined.
(original post)

I’d actually been thinking about and experimenting with this project for a few years — since i started doing photography,” Ben told us. “It actually started as a joke. I was hanging out with friends: artists, musicians, painters, filmmakers, and I said, ‘look at all the work that’s really taken off — that’s focused on repetitive subjects. It’s almost as if someone does something so many times they will begin to get recognition for it.

So I thought, ‘what if I get beautiful women showing armpit hair?’ It’s a really strong subject, because it’s such a contrast. You show this beautiful woman who’s so confident, like she’s saying, ‘I’m confident with my body and I don’t care what you think.’ It’s a contrast between conventional beauty and this truly unconventional look. Some people have criticized it saying the models were too beautiful or too skinny or wear makeup, pluck eyebrows and so on — but that’s what helps create the contrast — cognitive dissonance.

For this project, the Mamiya Leaf Credo 80 was a natural choice, because the files are more flexible, and in case we will exhibit these images, we can really push the printing size.

What does Ben have to say to someone who wants to be a photographer? Who wants to pursue it as a livelihood or as a life’s work?

Just do what you love. Do what makes you happy and try not to create work you think other people will like. When people do something they love doing and enjoy doing, other people can feel that passion in the work — it’s more genuine.

Everything that I’ve done that is personal, for myself, has worked. Like this latest project Natural Beauty — it was something I’d thought about and wanted to do, and it went viral. So be true to yourself. And you will find you’re getting hired because of your personal work. Do the stuff that will pay the rent, and keep dreaming up new ideas for yourself.

To date, Ben’s other projects have included a developing collaboration based on the principle of Cymatics with beatboxer and artist Reeps One, in which Reeps One’s voice was connected to a speaker and images were shot showing what happens to a thin film of water sitting on the speaker, as it’s being rippled through by the sound frequency. This project was a part of Reeps One’s solo exhibition in March. Read more about this project here.

Ben is also planning many other projects, from naked masked people in different outdoor locations to unusually posed fully nude physical performers covered in body paint and different powders in his studio — and for that, he believes that the medium format approach makes the most sense, “because we have better details nicer depth of field and more resolution.” Read more about this project here.

It was a very simple decision to choose the Mamiya Leaf Credo. The image quality is so much better than what I can achieve with the 35 mm — it’s not even a question! The resolution, the depth of field — it’s just way more beautiful.

I appreciate the differences that the Credo makes. For example, the Credo is much slower. I’m used to shooting so many more frames with the 35mm DSLR. And the Credo forces me to shoot slower. There are simply less frames per minute. It forces me to concentrate, to slow down. It’s almost a meditative kind of thing.

You can see the original interview here.

“Natural Beauty”: New photo project

Maya Felix

Maya Felix

Last month I previewed the first ‘official’ image from my long overdue project “Natural Beauty”.

Yesterday, I finally premiered 8 images on The Huffington Post, 6 of them was never published before.
You can see them below or go to the original post on The Huffington Post via link above.

Although armpit hair is a natural state it has become a statement.
Why is that?
For almost a century we have been brainwashed by the beauty industry, encouraging hair removal.

“Natural Beauty” could be classified as a type of protest.
By creating a contrast between common ‘fashionable’ female beauty and the raw unconventional look of female armpit hair thoughts are intrigued and a discussion is made.

Update: Since the HuffPost release I continued to photograph more pictures for this project. I am updating this post as well as the gallery on my website. Scroll down for more info.

Alessandra Kurr. Designer.

Slant Array. Model.

Olivia Murphy

Ruby Bird

Emilia Bostdt

Rakel Lindgren. Actress, model.

Ayan Mohamed. Graduate architecture student.

Fruit Salad

Louise Raines

Charlie Barker

Cassia Chloe. Performer, artist.

Cassia Chloe. Performer, artist.

Cassia Chloe. Performer, artist.

Cassia Chloe. Performer, artist.


Stephanie Tripp

Gabriela Eva. Musician.

Gabriela Eva. Musician.

Daniela Gale.

Daniela Gale.

This project has been in the works since 2007 but only lately I realised the aesthetics I was happy with.

With this studio setup I can focus on the idea with no distractions. It took me years until I was happy with the aesthetics, it’s quite funny. I preferred to wait until I’m 100% satisfied with it.
Again, the idea is contrast. The images are much more powerful that way. At least in my humble opinion.

Currently looking for more females to photograph. Please email me if you’re interested or have any questions:

Here are few examples of the photos I’ve taken since 2007:

Amanda Palmer. Musician. “Natural Beauty” research (2010).

Maleficent Martini. Singer, ballet dancer, model. “Natural Beauty” research (2009).

Suraya. “Natural Beauty” research (2011).

Julianne Popa. “Natural Beauty” research (2011).

Justyna Neryng. Artist. “Natural Beauty” research (2009).

Limited edition prints of “Natural Beauty” are available for purchase:
£400 for 30” x 24”, Edition of 5 (50% OFF for first 1 purchased)
£200 for 24” x 20”, Edition of 8 (50% OFF for first 2 purchased)
£100 for 16” x 12”, Edition of 21 (50% OFF for first 3 purchased)
£50 for 12” x 9”, Edition of 55 (50% OFF for first 5 purchased)

C-type prints on Fuji Crystal Archive paper with a semi-matt finish.
Signed & Numbered by Ben Hopper.
Shipping worldwide.

For print purchases / press inquiries please contact me directly on:

I’d like to thank everyone who have been a part of this project and been very patient with me. Special thanks to Isaac Saul @ HuffPost.
The project is photographed on a Mamiya Leaf Credo 80 camera.
I will post more images from the ‘research’ phase in the near future.

Since the publication of the project on HuffPost on April 7th, the project received press worldwide.
Here’s a list of the ones I’m aware of so far:
Aktuálně.cz (Czech Republic)
Andro (Greece)
Arco da Velha (Portugal)
aufeminin (France)
Bored Panda
Codigo Nuevo (Spain)
Cosmopolitan (Germany)
Cosmopolitan (UK)
Coyote Chronicle (CA, USA)
Creative Life (Czech Republic)
crushplate (Denmark)
DailyMail (UK)
Delbart (Norway)
EL TIEMPO (Colombia)
ELLE Serbia
Emol (Chile)
Glamour Magazine
GQ (Germany)
HLN (Belgium)
HuffPost (Germany)
HuffPost (UK)
HuffPost (USA)
HuffPost FB main
HuffPost Live
HuffPost Women FB
ITV Loose Women
La Repubblica (Italy)
Le Figaro (France)
Life Behavior (Brazil)
Lost at E Minor 
Mako (Israel)
Medical Daily 
Melty Fashion (France)
Metro (Russia)
My Daily 
N24 (Germany)
Noticias Caracol (Colombia)
PlayGround Magazine
Quil Magazine
Reshet (Israel)
RocketNews24 (Japan)
Saloona (Israe)
Schweizer Illustrierte (Switzerland)
Sin Embargo MX (Mexico)
Sin Embargo MX FB (Mexico)
Slashed Beauty
Stern (Germany)
Telegraph (UK)
The Gloss
The Hodgetwins
Visual News
Vivas (Finland)
Women’s Rights News FB
Yahoo Canada Shine
Yahoo Lifestyle