Ben Clowes is an experienced, London and East Anglia based director of photography and lighting cameraman with almost 20 years experience.
He relishes the challenges of self-directed shoots with lighting and audio and can be trusted to deliver what’s needed in sometimes stressful and challenging circumstances. He also loves fitting in with a crew and working in a team environment. He has covered all sorts of projects for broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera and The Olympic Channel, and organisations including FIFA, IBM, Google, Facebook, Hewlett Packard, Linley, Armani, Gieves & Hawkes, Garrard, Rolex, Swarovski, Decca and Bonhams amongst others.
Ben’s love of cameras started at the age of eight when he was given a stills camera for his birthday. Capturing life on film has always fascinated him. A passionate mountaineer and paraglider pilot, a camera has always accompanied him on various expeditions around the globe. Although his working life started in the City of London working for a financial company, Ben soon realised that there was more to life and left to transform his passion into his career.
He started filming documentaries almost twenty years ago, which took him all over the world, filming from the summit of Everest and from tanks and helicopters in Basra, Iraq. Although he still enjoys documentary style filming, he is now more often found filming sport, music, fashion and food & drink videos as well as corporate promotional videos. Whatever the subject, he brings his enthusiasm for capturing stunning images and always works hard to ensure that expectations are surpassed.
"I have worked with Ben on numerous occasions over the last 7 years and he remains one of the most creative, resourceful cameramen I have ever had the pleasure to employ on a project. His attention to detail, great manner with clients and tireless approach to every assignment we have tackled, has made him a huge asset on shoots."
"I’ve worked with Ben on several projects, which have included filming in some of the world’s most inhospitable locations such as the upper reaches of Mount Everest and rainforests in South America. By their very nature, these are environments where there is usually only one opportunity to get the right footage and yet Ben has always returned from location with exactly what was required – and usually more."
"We have worked with Ben on a number of occasions, filming large corporate conference events and more intimate one-to-one interviews and soundbites. He is incredibly professional and approachable and very adept at ensuring everyone ‘on camera’ felt as relaxed and comfortable as possible (not an easy task!). Regardless of the size of the job, Ben always remains calm, unflappable and thoroughly good fun to work with."