We had the good fortune of connecting with Benjamin Rusnak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Benjamin, what do you attribute your success to?
Imagination, creativity and adaptability help me navigate an ever-changing landscape. These skills are important for drawing clients to my work, as well as solving real world business problems.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
While I make a living as a commercial and editorial photographer, my heart and soul reside in the outdoors, particularly the American West. I am a two-time national park artist-in-residence, at Zion and Capitol Reef National Parks, both in Utah. I have long believed that the healing energy of the land that I experience in my fine art work powerfully influences my creativity and problem solving for clients in the commercial world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I like to mix things up between the outdoors and indoors, but particularly during the pandemic, I’d focus on the outdoors: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach (Until I went to Japan, I never realized how authentic this garden is.) Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton (Endangered sea turtles are nursed back to health and released into the wild.) Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach (Amazing bird watching.) Wynwood Art District in Miami (The experience is both on the walls and the people watching.) Wynwood food tour: Zak the Baker for pastries and sandwiches, Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop for pies, Wynwood Kitchen and Bar for tapas, The Salty Donut, Panther Coffee. Fine Dining: Twenty Twenty Grille in Boca Raton (20 seats inside, 20 outside, husband Ron is the chef, wife Rhonda runs the front of the house.) Casual Dining: The Cook & the Cork in Coral Springs (Another husband/wife team, Keith and Dena never fail to delight while making you feel at home.) Casual Dining: Louie Bossi in Fort Lauderdale (charming, large patio with a bocce court)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A few years ago, my colleague Libby Volgyes and I brought a highly curated group of photographers together for Photo Happy Hour – a regular gathering at one of our homes where everyone brings photography to show, a dish to share and good conversation. These gatherings are meant to be positive and reaffirming with no jerks allowed. What has grown out of this is an amazing network and support structure for answering business questions, solving creative problems, passing work back and forth, borrowing equipment and being an integral part of each other’s success. I’d like to give a shout out to the core group of photographers who make my business and life better: Erika Larsen, Jason Nuttle, Steven Martine Josh Ritchie and Libby Volgyes.