Benjamin Parks is a painter.
He has a studio in Kansas City near the old stockyards on the Missouri-Kansas border. Nobody would call that place glamorous. The droning sounds of the saws at the planing mill below him are occasionally drowned out by the trains trundling by.
When I was there last October it was pretty hot inside. I can’t imagine what it’s like right now.
Once you enter, you immediately forget about any physical discomfort.
Out of that raw space and from the imagination of the artist, these giant paintings emerge.
His portraits are at a scale that is intimidating. But Park’s oversized view of people will make you wish you could do what he does.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.