Mind’s Eye: Ben Kilpatrick
My name is Ben Kilpatrick. I am from Tallahassee, Florida and have recently made the big move to New York City. If you live in Florida and haven’t skated in Tallahassee you need too. Really underrated! So many good spots, and most barely touched! I’m currently sitting in the dungeon room in my rad ass cousins apartment missing my moms amazing cooking/baking and my awesome friends back home. waaah wahhh. haha. Trio for life!
Anyways, my mom bought me a little point and shoot camera in 12th grade to take pictures of all my friends and stuff during the last few months of school. I used it a lot and really enjoyed it inside and outside of school. A few years later i decided to start saving up for a dslr and bought an entry-level canon. I was hooked. I worked overtime all summer that year and bought a few lenses and a flash. Since then I have upgraded a few times. I’m currently using a Canon 5D and 1DIII for cameras. For lenses I’m using a 10-17 Fisheye, 17-40L, 35L, 50 (1.4), 70-200L. I also have a variety pack of flashes. Dudes keep knocking over my sunpak 120j’s so I’ve just got to settle for the cheaper flashes. I have been shooting for about 4 years now.
The most inspiring person always points back to my mom. She is a damn hard worker and is extremely motivated to do what she loves. So that keeps me motivated to push myself. Eby Ghafarian (owner of Naysayer Skateboards www.naysayerskateboards.com) is another inspiration for me too. He has a ton of drive and uses his long hair and vegan powers to skate 15 hours a day, stay up until 5 am working on stuff and then sleeping for 2 hours and doing it all over again. He is not human. No lie. And then you have ill ass photographers like Bradford, Herzmann, Ying, and others. Shout outs to Tallahassee! – Ben Kilpatrick
Make sure you check out more of Ben’s amazing work at www.benkilpatrick.com and stay up to date with all of his adventures at www.benkilpatrick.tumblr.com. Also, be sure to pick up a copy of the June 2011 issue of Thrasher Magazine on shelves now, and check out Ben’s Skater’s Eye!