Bio

If you’re looking for the Rookster… You’ve found him. Welcome!

Born and bred in Brighton, England. I was a boy about town until the Smithers-Jones lifestyle sucked me in, and turned me into someone I did not want to be.

So, in 2013 (with the missus in tow) we left our Revolutionary Road, and took a mid-life meander to Melbourne (via S.E. Asia & India). The new experiences I encountered on the way, inspired me to write and make pictures.

Lately, I’ve been using photography and collage to question mainstream narratives, provoke thought and find new perspectives on the social and political forces that shape our world. Often through the use of cultural references in music, film, poetry and philosophy.

After 5 years in Melbourne it was time for a change. In 2020 I moved to Madrid for a masters module in documentary photography and reportage at IED.

The more I see, the more I know. The more I know, the less I understand.

Ben Rook (theRookster)

Ps. What’s in a name?

A name that originated on the football pitch now reflects my preferred perspective. As they say in Zen philosophy, “in the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.”