July 14, 2011

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14th, 2011 by Ghost

It’s not often that I’ll post something from a commercial shoot, but I’m so happy with how this came out, and it has such an illustrative feel about it, I thought it an appropriate P1 post.

Nick Fury – DTLA

Model > Lexington

June 20, 2011

Posted in Project1 06/2011, Uncategorized on June 20th, 2011 by Ghost

Working in San Diego today I thought for sure I’d be shooting something outside. By day’s end I was wiped out, and decided my old hotel room might have something in store for me….

Ephemera – San Diego, CA



Jun 9, 2011

Posted in Project1 06/2011, Uncategorized on June 9th, 2011 by Ghost

You know you’ve found the perfect match when your wife is enthusiastic about modeling for ghost portraits. This is especially fitting as her paintings are part of the inspiration for these images. To complete the cycle, some of her painting are abstractions of photographs I’ve taken. Truly a perfect circle.

Alter – Los Angeles

Model > Molly

January 27, 2011

Posted in Project1 01/2011, Uncategorized on January 27th, 2011 by Ghost

A Certain Kind of Red – Sparrow Studio – DTLA

Model > MK

ISO 1250, 50mm prime, f/1.4 @ 1/80 sec – hand held – available light (table lamp w/red bulb)

July 4, 2010

Posted in Project1 07/2010, Uncategorized on July 4th, 2010 by Ghost

Acrobat – Alta Dena, CA

ISO 640, 24-70 @ 55mm, f/5.0 @ 1/500 sec – hand held – available light

June 3, 2010

Posted in Project1 06/2010, Uncategorized on June 3rd, 2010 by Ghost

Getting lost means that sometimes I end up on the same street twice. When this happened tonight I stopped the car and turned off the motor. I sat in the front seat and looked. Then I slowed myself down, and looked. I had food, and music, and time. Surely there is a shot here. Just wait. Like always, it will come…

Skylight – Downtown LA

ISO 640, 24-70 @ 45mm, f/2.8 @ 1/2 sec – hand held w/intentional planned camera movement – available light

May 15, 2010

Posted in Project1 05/2010, Uncategorized on May 15th, 2010 by Ghost


Immortal – Downtown Los Angeles
ISO 100, 24-70 @ 24mm, f/14 @ 10.0 sec – tripod – available light

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.