TIME & SPACE to EXPERIENCE ~ LEARN ~ GROW
Al Benas, Photography
ONE11 Art Honored to present Al’s work in Studio 2 from May-June 2023.
Born and raised in Norfolk, VA, I have resided in Virginia Beach,
for the last 52 years. In 1965, I received a BS in Civil Engineering, Structural Major, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State
University and practiced engineering until 2000, when I retired.
I always remember having a camera, but started serious photography in 1965, just prior to graduating college. Self-taught,
I have read, and continue to read, extensively and maintain a
library of photographic literature. I participate in several professional photographic groups and attend workshops to stay abreast with current trends and ideas. I
have worked in traditional B&W, color, and slide films, both developing the film and printing the pictures in my own darkroom. My early work was in 35 mm format; later work was in medium format.
I have done event photography and, toward the end of my engineering career, corporate photography and publishing. For the first four years following retirement, I published two organizational
newsletters. I then decided to concentrate on personal work: natural and urban landscapes, and
floral subjects, both in B&W and color.
In 2004, it appeared that the technology have progressed to the point where digital capture was no
longer a compromise, so I migrated to a digital darkroom. I am now exclusively digital, from image
capture to final print. Most of my past efforts had been for my own personal use and pleasure. Now
that I have more time, as well as no longer being constrained by the requirement for total darkness, I
like to share my work with a wider audience through shows and exhibits.
My work is pigment on paper – pigment based inks utilizing Epson inkjet printers, on heavy-weight
fine art cotton rag papers, resulting in archival prints equaling or surpassing traditional photographic
media. The photographs are displayed as B&W or color prints, as best portrays my vision of the
One-man shows: Virginia Beach Central Library Gallery, June 2006; Portlock Galleries in Chesapeake, VA, March 2008; The Little Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC, September 2010; the Leon Family Gallery
at the Simon JCC, April 2009, March 2011, May 2016; and the Towne Pavilion Center I, July 2011
Juried Competitions: Regularly selected for Annual Juried Photographic Exhibits, Suffolk Art Gallery, Shooting Star Gallery Award, 2008, Honorable Mention 2012, Juror’s Choice 2013; Juror’s Recommendation at “Significant Expressions” by Tidewater Art Alliance, 2007 & 2008, Best in Show,
2009; “Dare to Dream” by One Eleven Gallery, 2008; Tiny Treasures Show by Tidewater Art Alliance,
2009; multiple selections for the Annual Juried Show of the Tidewater Art Alliance; the Annual
Mid-Atlantic Art Exhibits by d’Art at the Selden, Norfolk; Virginia Artists at the Charles H. Taylor
Arts Center, Hampton, and Biennial at Peninsula Fine Art Center, Newport News; Award of Merit for
the Tidewater Art Alliance, Portfolio Show 2011 and Going Up Show 2013; invited artist, Hampton
400th Anniversary & From the Sea to the Stars Exhibits, Grisaille, Word, & Carpe Noctem Exhibits, Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton; selected artist, Tidewater Office of Sen. Mark Warner,
and the Chrysler Museum Road Show Time, Excellence in Print Quality at Compelling Images 2017
by d’Art Center.
Virginia Beach, VA