Benjamin Dean, a senior majoring in applied management at the Southern Campus, was named a top 20 finalist in the 2014 Photoshop World photography contest.
Pictured is Ben Dean’s winning entry, “Prom Night II,” which was taken in an abandoned tank-cleaning facility near the Ironton, Ohio campus.
Aug 28, 2014
By Shelly Betz
When the 2014 Photoshop World Conference & Expo convenes in Las Vegas during the first week of September, Ohio University Southern talent will be well represented among tens of thousands of photography and graphic design professionals and enthusiasts attending the annual event.
Benjamin Dean, a senior majoring in applied management at the Southern Campus, submitted three photography entries for the 2014 Photoshop World photography contest and was named as a top 20 finalist among the nearly 10,000 entries submitted worldwide.
Contest submissions were judged on creativity and originality by a world-class jury, including many of the most recognized and respected Photoshop and digital photography instructors in the country.
Dean’s winning entry, “Prom Night II,” was taken in an abandoned tank-cleaning facility near the Ironton, Ohio campus. It features a young lady in a glamorous gown, juxtaposed against a seemingly rundown and rubbish-filled space. The photograph subject, Rikki Fraley, is an Ohio University Southern graduate in early childhood education.
“I love the texture of the walls with old buildings,” Dean said. “When I first discovered the abandoned building, I took pictures of it in its original condition. Later, I wanted to create a more surreal narration.”
The concept for the photograph originated as an assignment for his Introduction to Digital Photography class with Tom Suter, senior lecturer of art. “I learned to accept and learn from constructive criticism in order to improve the overall quality and feel of digital photography. It’s really neat,” Dean said.
For Suter, Dean’s achievement as a student has far-reaching implications. While the top three winners have been announced ahead of the annual conference in Las Vegas, and do not include Dean, it is an honor to have one of his students named the world’s best contestants. “He has amazing talent, with an eye for detail,” Suter said. “Ben lives for learning. What a real testament of his skill and ability to receive this incredible nomination. He is truly a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week student.”
Dean earned his associate’s degree in electronic media in December of 2013. As a student worker, he is also the lead photographer for the marketing department at the Southern Campus. If you would like to see more of his work, visit www.benjamintdean.com.