Ben Winston 1976-2015
Ben Winston was a freelance photographer, writer and video maker based in the north of England. He worked and climbed in the mountains for over two decades, seeking images and stories that explored our need for adventure and time outdoors. He died in 2015 aged 39.
Balancing the needs of his photography and writing with a young family and gregarious daughter, Ben had become increasingly interested in what we teach by example, and the opportunities we will bequeath – or take from – our children. He was acutely aware that mainstream global travel and adventure was our generations’ unprecedented privilege. He lived his life making sure he did not abuse that privilege, running his car is run on post-consumer waste biodiesel and using public transport wherever possible. If he had to fly he made sure every journey was offset with the award winning www.pureleapfrog.com
His work appeared in the Independent on Sunday, The Times, The Saturday Telegraph Magazine, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Geographical, Trail, Climber and Footprint Guidebooks. Select commercial clients include Rab, Lowe Alpine, Marmot, Jagged Globe and Black Diamond.
Most at home in the mountains and the wilder parts of the globe, Ben was comfortable working in extreme environments.
He died, from untimely but natural causes, one Saturday evening as he set off for a walk in his beloved Peak District. This website, based on the one he created, is a tribute to the legacy he left to his family and everyone who knew him.