Steve Bennett is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based visual artist. He began taking photographs more than 40 years ago in the age of film and transitioned to digital photography in the late 90s. In addition to creating two-dimensional art, Steve works with a motion-design partner to create large-scale multimedia pieces. His traditional and abstract composites have been displayed in solo exhibits as well as in local and national juried events. Steve’s artwork has also been shown at Google’s Kendall Square, Cambridge offices and in various Boston-based software, biotech, and financial services companies. His multimedia collaborations have been featured on the 80-foot tall external LCD wall and the interior 160-foot wide screen at the Boston Convention Center.
My traditional photography includes candid street photographs, “unintentional” still-life compositions, detailed close up images of natural and human-made subjects barely discernible or invisible to the human eye, and expansive landscapes that inspire a sense of the sublime. The reaction I strive to inspire in viewers: “Ah.”
My abstract work consists of photo-based abstracts and composites transformed through digital tools and techniques. The art is designed to launch viewers into virtual realms of imagination — both mine and theirs. I often combine architectural, infrastructure, and technological images with human and natural elements. The resulting work is an invitation to explore alternative realities filled with mystery, suspense, and surprise as viewers navigate between “what is” and “what if” and between the predictable and unpredictable. My desired reaction: “Aha.”