Photographer Ben Staley

Editorial Portraits of Los Angeles based actress Nico Pressley - IG @nicopressley_

I was born in Alaska and raised without electricity or running water. There was no TV. I didn’t have a flushing toilet until I went to college. I read a lot of books. Into my teens I could count on my hands the number of times I had visited a Cinema. Movies were always the first thing thing to do if given the choice. A camera was always the coolest toy.

We spent a lot of time in the backcountry on horseback and sleeping in a tepee. There were a lot of campfires and cold nights and stories told by lantern light. Stories.

Young Alaskan Bald Eagle on Beach

Images found in the imagination before a flickering firelight. Narrative architecture flowing forth from multiple voices. Untrained. Unrefined. Instinctual oral tradition. Bits of books and movies and experiences and memories and second hand hearsay. Stories. Stories got into the blood and became the only path forward. Today I work as a director, cinematographer and photographer. I’ve made independent films, dozens of music videos, commercials, documentaries and television programs for Discovery Channel, Nat Geo, History Channel, A&E, Spike, Red Bull & many others. This path has provided some amazing adventures and experiences. I look forward to all those stories yet untold.

Editorial Portraits of Los Angeles based actress Nico Pressley - IG @nicopressley_

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