Amidst turmoil and adversity, art has always been Benjamin Cottrell's escape. His photography has helped him navigate his overactive imagination and allow creativity to shine through. Benjamin is in his third year at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography. He has been taking photographs since 2010. Since then, he has gained experience shooting weddings, senior and family portraits, engagement, lifestyle, and commercial photography. His work has been shown in the UMKC Student Art Exhibition in 2016 and 2017 and he has pieces published in the Photographer’s Forum magazine and the Dossier Student Art Magazine at UMKC. Benjamin remains motivated by an innate desire to create and to show others the world through his eyes. He is inspired by works of surrealism and the avant-garde because they provide him with the same escape that he aspires to give others through his work.