VCD student holds exhibit in Oscar Ritchie Hall

Benjamin Moten doing a shoot for "Goodwill Hunting", with Stacey Kay.

By Britany Ruby

The Department of Pan African Studies and the Uumbaji Gallery will be hosting the Ben Moten Photography exhibit through the end of September. The exhibit is open to the public and runs Monday through Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. Benjamin Moten is a senior here at Kent State University, studying Visual Communication Design and Photo Illustration.

The theme of the exhibit is “Progression.” The theme came from the obvious progression in Ben’s photography.   He stated that there are many different types of photography; from fashion shots to headshots.  Some of the photos are from when he first got started two years ago; you can see his raw talent in these photos. The rest of the photos will take  patrons on a journey through Moten’s work as a novice photographer to the artist he has become today.

A beauty shot of Robin Wright

Ben’s favorite photo in the exhibit is the photo to the right of Robin Wright. He stated that, “The image is just so powerful, it’s a raw dynamic beauty shot.  I think it’s a combination of the way she photographed and the lighting, the overall final project is one of my favorite pieces that I’ve done in a long time.”

The exhibit includes many beauty and headshots of Kent State University students. As well as a few photos of models Benjamin is using for his current projects.

While this exhibit is a huge accomplishment, Mr. Moten hasn’t stopped working yet. Currently he is still pursuing his Bachelor’s of Arts in Visual Communication Design. Ben, stated that, “The design program here at Kent has helped a lot, just from knowing what colors work well together and how to lay an image out. A lot of dynamics from photography and design overlap.”  He also has a major project in the works with blogger Stacey Kay and Goodwill, for Goodwill Hunting Magazine. The magazine will be featuring Ben Moten’s fashion photography this October.

Photo from the shoot with, "Goodwill Hunting". Models Left to Right: Stacey Kay, Joscelyn Allen, and Dina Younis

“I have a lot of dreams that I’m trying to make happen,” said Moten. “I hope that people will continue to support me. I really hope they like the work that I’m doing. ”

If you would like to find out more about Ben Moten Photography or would just like to continue supporting him, contact him at

Britany is a senior applied communication studies major and a marketing assistant for the College of Communication and Information.


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