Posted in Uncategorized on January 1st, 2010 by Ghost

My name is Ben Hoffman (ghost) I’m a photographer living in Los Angeles, and this is Project1. The Project is me, and the 1 symbolizes one year. Starting January 1, 2010 I started doing at least one photo shoot every day for the entire year, yielding at least one fine art image that I’m proud of. Originally this was to be a one year journey, but near the end of 2010 it became clear to me that I didn’t want to stop. On January 1, 2011 I began my second year of Project1.Taking the time to shoot for myself everyday started as a challenge; a way for me to heal, and to grow as an artist. Over time it has simply become what I do, and every day, without exception, I create for myself. By viewing the galleries on the right side of this page you can see everything I’ve captured for Project1.

NOTE: Daily perfection, a fools errand at best, is not the goal. Instead, one photo that I would be either willing to show, or that furthers my craft and helps to heal my heart. Some days there may be multiple photos, which would be great, but at least one is mandatory. Check back. If it kills me there will be a new photo every day, some of which may include notes on how and why I took it. More often than not I’ll simply let the photos speak for themselves. I invite everyone to become part of the conversation by using the comments tab below each photograph.

All of the images on this site were created in-camera. Though I do, sometimes, make small adjustments to contrast and color, and fix small digital imperfections, usually caused by long exposure drop-outs, I do not use Photoshop to make my photographs. This is pure photography.

September 18, 2011

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Metal Shop – Van Nuys, CA

Model > Kylie

September 17, 2011

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Perfect Chaos – Pasadena, CA

September 16, 2011

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The everyman as scribe.

Legacy – Glassel Park

September 15, 2011

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Sunspots – LA River – Los Angeles

September 14, 2011

Posted in Project1 09/2011 on September 14th, 2011 by Ghost

I just watched Apollo 13 again so this was bound to happen.

When Our Galaxy Folds – Los Angeles


September 13, 2011

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This one has been staring me in the face for over month. Done.

Picture Windows – Los Angeles

September 12, 2011

Posted in Project1 09/2011 on September 12th, 2011 by Ghost

Pure color play…It’s interesting because I have a good friend who is a wonderful photographer, and we’ve been discussing how environment can almost disable one’s ability to find and capture art in very ordinary, ie. dull, places. I still contend that art is always around you. Though images like these may push what one thinks of, and chooses to call photography, I say why not “paint” with the camera? And by the way, in case you were wondering, this is nothing more than a photograph of trees.

Kind – Los Angeles

September 11, 2011

Posted in Project1 09/2011 on September 11th, 2011 by Ghost

Considering the anniversary this seemed very appropriate.

Infinite – Los Angeles

September 10, 2011

Posted in Project1 09/2011 on September 10th, 2011 by Ghost

After a big wedding shoot we headed down to the beach for a few last images. One look up and I new this would be good. A tricky shot, using my camera pack as a wedge I stuck the bottom of the camera in the sand, held my breath, and using the weight of my hand stabilized the lens. With an extremely long 13 second exposure time I’m thrilled it actually worked!

Island – Catalina Island, CA

September 9, 2011

Posted in Project1 09/2011 on September 9th, 2011 by Ghost

I absolutely love photographing fire! It is always wonderful and exciting.

Fire Escape – Catalina Island, CA