Benjamin Zank, better known as Ben Zank, is a young and very talented photographer born in Bronx, New York. At the age of 18, he began taking photographs for fun after he discovered a Pentax ME Super in his grandmother’s attic. Strange, melancholic and sometimes surreal, his self-portraits immortalize himself in various situations and aim to stretch the viewer’s imagination and express his feelings when words fail.
I hope you know that I am not defined by the hands that touched me. That my worth is not measured by the number bodies I have slept beside.
I am defined by the scar on my forehead, from when a surfboard cut me open and I laughed it off. I am defined by how I break for the old and homeless, and how I’m trying so so hard to be kind. I am defined by the poems I write for people, how these strangers find it weird that a girl they barely met for a week is giving a piece of herself for them to take back home. I am defined by the number of times I’ve sat alone all day in a coffeeshop, dreaming up stories about the crowds that pass me by, hoping, maybe, someone will notice me as much as I notice them, and be brave enough to say hi.
So instead of assuming the worst of me, get the nerve to ask and talk to me instead.
I am defined by how I want to define myself. Not by you, not by him, not by anyone else."