Welcome to the Online Image basecamp of R. Ben Lehman.
Images in most of my galleries are available in a variety of sizes and mediums from small prints to large canvas gallery wraps and more.
I am available for hire to create images that will showcase you and your business or organization in the best possible light.
Thank you for visiting and I look forward to enhancing your life/business/world so please let me know how I can get to work for you!
First and foremost, I am an explorer.
Capturing beautiful and fleeting moments in service to the Earth and its responsible care as well as helping organizations, businesses, and individuals portray themselves and their work in the absolute best light is, to me, a natural extension of the exploration process.
Growing up in the New Orleans area, I have from a very early age been one who was never satisfied with second-hand accounts - always gravitating towards the authentic experience of being fully present. This inquisitive nature served me well on backpacking trips as a Boy Scout, backcountry guiding for the Outdoor Education program while studying English Writing at Georgetown University, and as a conservation worker and environmental educator in national parks from Alaska in North America to New Zealand in the South Pacific. I was delighted to realize a childhood dream in 2005 by accepting a job with the digital media team at National Geographic's Explorer's Hall headquarters in Washington, DC before heading south to the Andes mountains in Ecuador for two + years of service as a conservation volunteer with the Peace Corps. Upon returning I embarked on a life-affirming thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, winding 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada, my camera in hand the whole way.
Throughout all of these experiences, a sense of awe and gratitude combined with a desire for responsible stewardship has characterized my adventures. Blessed with the chance to experience the lessons of serenity, healing, and self-challenge found in wild places, I recognized that that without more people to care for the wild parts of the planet, their future (and thus the future of humanity itself) would remain imperiled. It is my sincere hope that my nature and landscape works inspire viewers to explore and seek to form a personal connection to the beautiful world in which we live. For those who are not able to make the journey themselves, I hope that the images offer the viewer a sense of peace and beauty to counteract the stresses and inconveniences of modern life. To traverse the wild world and inspire people with the profound variety of form, natural exuberance, and love that exists in all corners of the globe - that is the dream that I am living every day! When I am able to serve and elevate responsible businesses and organizations by meeting their needs for custom professional photography, that's icing on the cake!
"Life and photography are both incredible journeys that offer us myriad opportunities for growth and adventure. To share those vital experiences with others is the simplest expression of my goal and purpose." - R. Ben Lehman