I have been an Ophthalmologist in the Atlanta, Georgia area since 1974. I retired from private practice in 2000 to pursue what I thought would be foreign travel, fly fishing and playing competitive senior amateur golf. My passion for photography began in 2001 when my youngest daughter Catherine planned to spend her year abroad during her junior year of college in the East African country of Kenya. Prior to her leaving for Kenya, she and I took a beginning photography class at our local recreation center. I had always had an interest in photography but never had the free time to devote to learning it. After that class I began to read and explore all aspects of photography. By the time our whole family traveled to Kenya to visit Catherine in December of 2001 I had become knowledgeable in exposure, composition, flash and other advanced techniques. Since that first trip to Kenya, I have returned twice more in 2003 and 2006. In 2003 I had the opportunity to travel with Joe and Mary Ann McDonald to Rwanda on their first trip to photograph the mountain gorillas. One of my images taken on that trip was awarded the winner of the Endangered Species category of Nature’s Best annual photo awards.
My wife and I now spend the winters in Florida where there is an abundance of photographic opportunities. I still am an avid golfer but I spend just as much time in photography as I do in golf.
I would like to thank John Lopinot of the Palm Beach Post who has been a mentor to me, encouraged me to improve my photography and has now become a good friend.
I have started this website so that I am able to share my photographs with my family and friends. I hope that you will enjoy my Galleries as I begin to place them online.
© Ken Benson Photography