Faces: Ben Marsh

Friday, March 18, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:22 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Self-expression comes in many forms, and for MU art major Ben Marsh, nothing does the job like photography.

“I don’t think I could express myself another way,” Marsh said. “It is the best way to get things across.”

Marsh, who will graduate this summer, has long been interested in art and took up photography at the end of his sophomore year. He has displayed his work at several art shows.

Recently, a piece of his work was selected for the “Paper in Particular” art exhibit hosted at Columbia College. The exhibit featured art slides submitted from artists across the nation.

“I submitted three, they chose one,” Marsh said. “It was a night shot of a weird, run-down house in the moonlight; very moody and disturbing.”

This “moody” artwork was inspired by photographers such as Robert Adams and Michael Kenna.

“There are dark skies and dramatic shadows,” Marsh said. “When you are in the dark, and you press the shutter for about 10 minutes, it creates this weird atmosphere.”

Marsh said the best part of being involved with art exhibits is the opportunity to see the work of others and to hear their opinions on your own work.

“People talk about their work, and they give their impressions of yours,” he said.

Another form of expression that runs deep for Marsh is music. He plays guitar and drums and has played in bands such as El Queso Por Favor. He explains music as something he has always fallen back on.

“It has been a large part of my life,” Marsh said. “Right now, I am doing what I call cosmic rock. It uses atmospheric tones to create a mood.”

After graduation, Marsh plans to get out of Columbia and head to Chicago or some other place with a big art scene.

“I am shooting for the gallery scene,” he said. “I want to sell my work and promote myself.”

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