Portrait Gallery: Larry Bennett
Larry Bennett travels everywhere with his camera. No, really. All his gear is in the back of his vehicle right now.
A serious photographer for more than 30 years, Bennett, 56, of Grand Junction, consistently carries a camera because that moment when he takes a photo will never happen again. Time can’t be rewound.
“I’ve gained such a respect and love for photography that I walk a fine line between being a professional and maintaining that joy” for the art, he said.
After three decades of traveling the world — he’s been to six of the seven continents — taking countless photographs of people, places and things, Bennett opened Aspen Photo Art Gallery at Main Street Bagels, 559 Main St., in May.
His work also can be seen at aspenphotoart.com.
The gallery features numerous nostalgic — he’s “having fun with old cars” — and nature photographs — he’s “always in pursuit of the perfect rainbow” — as well as other photographic topics.
Bennett credited former Daily Sentinel photographer Robert Grant with inspiring him to become a photographer. Bennett remembers going to local events with his father and always seeing Grant there, working to get the perfect shot.
Bennett got his first Polaroid camera when he was 8 or 9 and caddied or sold golf balls to earn money for film.
Bennett bought his first series camera, a Minolta, when he was 19 and began taking long trips to exotic destinations. His favorite things to photograph are people living their daily lives, humpback whales and Native Americans.
Bennett already has his next trip planned. He and his wife, also a photographer, soon will take off for Mexico so Bennett can practice his belief that he should “take the shot, for it will never be there again.”