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musivv.com’s digital magazine dedicated to honoring the men and women behind the stars.

april 2021

My advice for aspiring photographers is: Make what you think is your art, your style, your passion.

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Carter's
Vision

with a Mission

While a lot of people think his name is Carter, it is Ben in reality: Carter's Vision is the name of the brand. Baltimore-native Ben has traveled the world with his camera at age 21. He confesses that he was not "always this crazy" as a storyteller behind the camera. Originally he was a full-time basketball player and took the game very seriously dreaming of making it to the NBA or playing hoops overseas would someday come true. "That's where my work ethic stems from: Always wanting to be the best at what I do, and knowing I could make my dreams come true with that attitude." In the back of his mind, he always knew he has a knack for movies and saw things from a different eye, brewing a passion for making visions come to reality.

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How are you coping with the current pandemic?

I'm coping with the pandemic the best way I know how and that's to continue to work work work. I feel as though there is no limit on success and that's how I'm carrying it. I'm not mad, I'm not sad, I'm just hungry for more.

How did you get into music photography/videography?

I got behind the camera thanks to a guy who was recording my basketball documentaries. He has always been like family. One day at my elite camp he told me he made 100k in a year from photography and he actually showed me. Now not to say I did it for the money, but I felt like if you doing something you love you won't work a day in your life. I understood that and from there he gave me my first camera.

Most memorable photoshoot/video shoot and with whom?

I would have to say it was my first year in and I got a backstage pass to take pictures of Ella Mai. I wasn't that good at the time but she gave me a few words that stuck, she said "I can see in your eyes you're going to be great" that meant a lot to me when I had no work to show, no portfolio, that will always be special to me.

"I can see in your eyes you're going to be great"

Style

What can you say is your distinction as a photographer? Your signature style

I honestly feel like my "wow factor" is that I never followed the traditional style of what it's supposed to look like or how it's supposed to run. I did it my way and bought my own style into this. My signature style is matching the perfect sound with the recap of an event, there is nobody that can catch a vibe like me in my city, match the music with the vibe.

Most unforgettable photo session?

The Meek Mill shoot, it was a reality check, a good one. I would listen to all his music growing up and I felt like "This is crazy! I'm really here now and I made that happen nobody else" it was a crazy feeling.

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What's your typical day like?

A typical day for me is edit, work out, and do at least 2 shoots. If it's a really busy week it would go BWI, land in another city, shoot, then head back to Baltimore. That's literally all I do, work.

How did you overcome challenges?

Chasing this career, in the beginning, I had to genuinely become ok with who I was becoming. I didn't know how people would take me being a photographer especially since basketball was all I knew. I had to accept people judging me and in order for me to walk in God's purpose I overcame those challenges. Really just kept proving them wrong. What can people really say about someone who's winning besides congratulations?

God works miracles!

If not photography what would you be doing as a profession?

Photography saved my life and my mind because if I wasn't doing this I don't know what I'd be doing. Would I still be chasing hoop dreams or would I have found another route? Photography was truly a blessing I really have no clue what I would be doing.

Among the big names in the music industry, who do you want to have a photography session with? Why?

In the industry? If you look at my portfolio you'll see I've worked with Meek Mill and it was a great experience, working hand in hand with him was dope. Someone I am looking forward to working with would have to be Drake, hands down. Other than him it's Jay Z and Brent Faiyaz, for sure.