In 2003, Benjamin left home with a film camera, a backpack, and the near-impossible dream of creating a groundbreaking body of photographic art. As a completely self-taught photographer with very limited funds, the following 18 months became his proving ground. Benjamin traveled more than 30,000 miles on a shoestring budget, spent less than five nights in a hotel room, and rationed his food to save money for film
When asked why his work has found such solid footing in a sea of photographers and artists, Benjamin says, “Each moment I’m in the field I’m focused on capturing images that inspire. I don’t take photos that simply document what’s there. Instead, I relentlessly pursue moments of art in nature and refuse to settle for anything less.”
He has tracked wild tigers from the back of an elephant in the Indian Jungle, explored the Great Barrier Reef by floatplane, and spent countless nights under the stars. Benjamin considers himself a modern artist, a contemporary explorer, and a results-driven conservationist.
Walls artwork has received seven international awards and has been displayed in dozens of museums, including five exhibits at the Smithsonian.
Benjamin opened his second signature gallery in 2018 in Asheville, NC.
Benjamin’s ability to connect people to the natural world through art and travel has raised over $500,000 for non-profits and charities. He continually strives to expand the outreach of his mission, and as such currently serves on the Development Committee for the Jane Goodall Institute, a global community conservation organization.
Benjamin and the Benjamin Walls Gallery are intimately connected to the conservation efforts of the Northern White Rhinos. Only two rhinos remain of the entire species, Najin & Fatu, daughters of the last male, Sudan, who passed away of natural causes in 2018. A first-of-its-kind embryo creation and in vitro fertilization effort is now being conducted in an attempt to conserve the species (more info here). Benjamin is close friends with James & JoJo, caretakers of Najin & Fatu at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, and is an executive producer of the documentary film Kifaru that follows their lives and the plight of saving the species. Through WALLSabout™ Luxury Travel, the Benjamin Walls Gallery personally connects travelers with this initiative by including Ol Pejeta in its itineraries, therefore raising awareness and garnering funds for the conservancy.
The Benjamin Walls Gallery donates a portion of all sales of Benjamin’s book Beyond each month to Friends of the Smokies, a non-profit that raises funds for historic preservation, wildlife management, environmental education and more in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Benjamin took a condemned building and transformed it into one of the most awarded historic properties in Bristol.
“I believe that profitability and historic preservation are not mutually exclusive. In fact, historic preservation conserves resources, reduces waste, and saves money by repairing and reusing.”
United States Senator
I'm convinced that this young artist, who has already won many national and international awards, is truly an artist to watch.
Visiting the Gallery is truly an unforgettable experience. It is amazing to view the grandeur and mystery of what Benjamin's creative eye can capture through a camera's lens.There was no question as to why he has won so many national and international awards once I saw his work.
Your images are absolutely spectacular, as well as inspiring. I hope to see more of you and your great works!
I have never seen anything like it. A delightful time at the opening of two new pieces last Saturday. Everyone was welcoming and truly glad we were there.
73rd Governor of Virginia
What beautiful work you have on display in Bristol. I enjoyed meeting and visiting with you.
This gallery is an unpresumptuous gem which will take you around the world with Benjamin's incredible work. He is a brilliant artist!