We had the good fortune of connecting with Ethan Benavidez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ethan, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My Dad, Alex Benavidez, is a fine artist and baker & my Mom (Stacey Benavidez) is a chef. Growing up my parents surrounded us with so many creative outlets from cooking, to drawing, band class, making costumes & building projects for scouts, etc. I was constantly immersed in an expressive vibrant atmosphere. I worked in kitchens growing up in a small family business and I had a huge love for cooking and food. I knew I either wanted to be a chef or photographer!
Please tell us more about your art?
I would say editorial portrait photographer are the words I would use first to describe myself. I love people! I love genuine moments! I love creating a story! Some artists I look at that inspire my work are Hugo Comte, Alex Web, Nadia Lee Cohen, Driley Carter, Lindsay Ellary, Nadine Ijewere. Every time I grab a camera if its a phone or DSLR I slip into photographer Ethan and I will be possessed with this crazy energy until I’m done taking photos. I think its excitement mixed with a whole lot of adrenaline, but the whole time it’s the subject, me & the camera doing the silliest activity until we get the shot. “Throw this above your head, but look that way and if you bring your right shoulder in okay now scream!” There is something so magical about a street style /candid/ lively photos that I try to bring to my work. Mix all of that with some fun stage lighting and that sounds like a good day to me!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If any of my friends come to visit they all know good food & drinks are going to be on the top of my list.
A delicious coffee from Parable,
Brown Bag Deli stole my heart in 2012 and she still has it,
Dirty Franks after a couple of drinks is the spot to be.
Pho Asian Noodle for a big ol bowl of Pho with way too many bean sprouts and sriracha for me please!
Antiques on high has some of the best cocktails in town and their space is so cute,
Commune is my current top food recommendation in Columbus.
Brassica has this marinated eggplant that has changed my life!
The Corn Statues in Dublin, Ohio is my favorite liminal space.
Las Maravillas Mexican Market is a 2 minute walk away and they have homemade tamales Friday & Saturday around lunch.
Jeni’s splendid ice cream is the quintessential must have of Columbus.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to all my Columbus homies! I can say the only way I have been able to succeed so far is the wild amount of support & love from my community.