As a native of Colorado, I grew up with an appreciation for the wilderness landscape. After moving to Arizona in 2000 to attend the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, I began to explore Arizona's vast and varied terrain with my 35mm camera and mini tripod on weekends and breaks from school. I started heading out on day and overnight trips into the nearby deserts. With more planning I ventured north on multiple-day backpacking trips into riparian terrain deep in the Colorado Plateau. I was amazed by the ethereal beauty of Arizona’s canyons, creeks, and mountains through all seasons thanks to its mild climate.
After several years using only 35mm format, I began to experiment with medium and ultimately large format film transparency. Large format photography is an exercise in preparation, orientation, patience, and luck. For me, the excitement in photography is planning for the best conditions and being prepared for the worst. I try to limit unpreparedness by visiting an area with smaller and lighter 35mm camera equipment several times in a month or even over the course of years. Once I am comfortable with the light and composition of an area, I return with my more cumbersome large format camera to capture the 'ultimate' exposure.
My experience as a naturopathic physician at Naturopathic Athlete and as an instructor of therapeutic yoga have helped me develop a patience and fitness level conducive for Large Format Photography. After my wife and I opened a yoga studio in Tempe November of 2002, I also had a forum in which to display my photographs. Some of the images contained in the website gallery are displayed in large 4' x 5' or larger installations on the walls, windows, and doors of WellSpring Holistic Health, Naturopathic Athlete, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and private homes all over the country. The 4" x 5" film format allows me to create wall size images that retain high resolution. While looking at the print, I want the viewer to feel the sensation of standing beside a gushing creek or hiking deep within a large canyon.
The images contained on this website were all originally captured on large format film transparency, and scanned at their highest resolution onto digital file without manipulation or enhancement. They are the result of years of study and anticipation for that certain synergy of place and light. Please enjoy!
430 W Warner Rd #104
Tempe, AZ 85284
"Dr. Zorensky's photos are the result of years of study and anticipation for that certain synergy of place and light. His choice for working with large format film displays the exceptional detail in every huge print. I love standing next to large prints that cover a whole wall or door; they make me feel like I am really there. He brings the outside in. I can see how these prints are an incredible asset when placed inside schools, institutions, businesses, airports, and homes." -Elaina
"Not sure which is more beautiful: the photographs he generates of that uniquely spectacular place, or the grin on his face from the sheer joy of being there." -Nancy
"Ben's photography takes you right into the shot. You feel the movement, the light and the sounds. Amazing in large format." -Charles
"Ben is an incredibly talented nature photographer!" -Carrie