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About Benjamin

Baltimore City

Benjamin C Tankersley earned his BFA in Photography from the Corcoran School of Art in 1999. He is a fine art and commercial/editorial photographer whose work explores places, spaces and the people who inhabit them. Whether working on assignment or for a personal project, he strives to approach his subjects with empathy and produce images that translate his experiences to the viewer.  Benjamin C Tankersley also is an adjunct professor at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design and has taught... more


Breezewood is an exploration of small-town life in a town where seemingly no one lives. People come from elsewhere to open shop for those who are “just passing through.” Gas stations and restaurants are surrounded by overly ambitious sprawling parking lots. Rusting restaurant equipment sits outside of shuttered independent cafes alongside bustling corporate giants. This ‘Town of Motels’ offers hundreds of rooms for those headed somewhere else.
On road trips I’ve always looked forward to passing through Breezewood as the town either represented a gateway to an adventure far from home or as a landmark signifying that I’m almost back. I set out to photograph a portrait of Breezewood to further explore a town that left an emotional impression on me but was designed to appeal to no more than our basic needs of fuel and a place place to rest. Through the process I discovered that Breezewood represents in a microcosm the struggles of the American economy framed by the thrills and pitfalls of the Great American Road Trip.

50 Grinds Around the Sun

The generation of skateboarders I looked up to while growing up are now mostly over 50 years old. Despite their age, these founding members of a marginalized youth culture are defying ideas of age appropriate behavior and continue to follow their youthful passion for skateboarding.
I am documenting these skateboarders as they are now as well as details of their individual experiences as the silverbacks of their tribe and that there is still a sizable population of first-generation skateboarders found riding their boards in parks, streets and in empty backyard pools.
These skaters continue to get on their board and push for the fun of it despite having the added responsibilities of adulthood such as families and careers. I hope that these images encourage the viewer to stop and reflect on the beauty, meditative qualities and importance of these individuals keeping up with a “fad” that has lasted through the majority of their life.

2nd Amendment Landscapes

2nd Amendment Landscapes are an exploration of how the right to bear arms is reflected on the American landscape.
Americans view guns in a wide spectrum of ways across the country. From enthusiasts who use guns for sport, see gun ownership as a right passed down to us by our forefathers or as a means of self-defense to Americans working to strengthen gun restrictions, get guns off the street, reduce gun related crimes and those directly affected by gun violence. Statistics say 48% of Americans grew up in a household with guns, 72% have fired a gun and 44% know someone who has been shot by a gun. Gun culture and the effects of guns are seen across the America in manifestations both physically and psychologically.
By documenting visible evidence as well as how Americans emotionally connect their beliefs about the 2nd Amendment with the landscape I am exploring how gun culture and the effects of gun ownership in America are imprinted across the landscape.

Opioid Crisis in Hagerstown Maryland

Originally commissioned for Baltimore Magazine, Opioid Crisis in Hagerstown Maryland explores the effects of opioid addiction on a small post-industrial town in western Maryland. By exploring streetscapes and community members affected by the opioid crisis, this project explores the toll opioids are taking on Hagerstown and how it can be seen as a microcosm of Baltimore Maryland, a small town with big city problems.

Frank by the Seashore

I've been making photographs with Frank Paparozzi since we became friends in high school. Growing up, he spent his summers in Seaside Heights NJ and after school returned to work there every summer on the boardwalk performing magic for over 15 years. I visited and photographed him at the shore many summers documenting and making promotional images for his magic persona ‘Frank DeVille’.

Frank continued to work in Seaside Heights as it was being rebuilt following the destruction from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Images of Frank and Seaside Heights before and after Hurricane Sandy are presented together to explore the relationship between Frank and Seaside Heights and the effects the hurricane has had on each of them.

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