This week we speak with Benjamin Von Wong, a viral creative focused on telling epic stories through photography and videography experiences. Benjamin builds beautiful, hyper-real installations showcasing major environmental issues and captures the moment using his photography skills. Starting from the meaning behind his work, we dive deep into a chat with our guest about the framework for positive impact and success that he has developed through his own experiences as an artist and an activist. https://linktr.ee/PTApod Find out more about Benjamin and his work: https://www.vonwong.com/ Sources: UNESCO Earth.org --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/peopletakingaction/message
024. Benjamin Von Wong on Fantasy Creating Positive Impact
Wisdom of the Body
Listen to artist Benjamin Von Wong enlighten Heather on how fantasy can be used to create positive impact, especially when climate and environmental statistics can be shocking and daunting enough to make us look away. Von Wong’s work Mermaid Swims in 10,000 Plastic Bottles tells the tale of how plastics have impacted not just the planet, but also human health. In this episode, he brilliantly articulates how to create for something bigger than yourself. In this episode, we discuss: How to shift from creating for the sake of creating over to creating because you want to have an impact. Why once we start seeing something we can’t unsee it. How fantasy can ignite a sense of curiosity, give new permissions and bring our attention back to an important issue that we’ve looked away from. Mermaid Swims in 10,000 plastic bottles as a metaphor for how plastics have impacted our lives and health. The great Pacific garbage patch. Why Von Wong likes to start with the hardest part of the project first. The difference between a universal Why and a project Why. The role of collaboration in creating for impact. Benjamin Von Wong is an artist focused on amplifying positive impact and the host of the Impact Everywhere Podcast. Von Wong's work lies at the intersection of fantasy and photography and combines everyday objects with shocking statistics. It has attracted the attention of corporations, like Starbucks, Dell, and Nike and has generated over 100 million views for causes like ocean plastics, electronic waste, and fashion pollution. Most recently, he was named one of Adweek's 11 content branded masterminds. Heather Grzych is the author of The Ayurvedic Guide to Fertility and the host of the Wisdom of the Body podcast. A board-certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she bridges the worlds of conventional and alternative medicine to help women and men heal their physical and emotional lives. Heather is on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and has consulted with doctors, governments, and insurance companies. She offers virtual consultations and programs worldwide. www.heathergrzych.com Connect with Heather: Instagram.com/heathergrzych Facebook.com/grzychheather This podcast is for educational and entertainment purposes only.
Benjamin Von Wong at the intersection of fantasy and photography
TOGCHAT Photography Podcast
My guest is Canadian artist Benjamin Von Wong. He is a photographer, a marketing genius, an artist and much more. On his website he describes himself as an “Artist focused on amplifying positive Impact.”Benjamin Von Wong's work lies at the intersection of fantasy and photography and combines everyday objects with shocking statistics. It has attracted the attention of corporations, like Starbucks, Dell, and Nike and has generated over 100 million views for causes like ocean plastics, electronic waste, and fashion pollution. Most recently, he was named one of Adweek's 11 content branded masterminds. And he is also the host of the Impact Everywhere Podcast.Listen closely, as you are about to take a deep dive into the mind and career of a brilliant creator.Benjamin's Links: - The Art: https://www.vonwong.com - The Unforgettable Campaigns: https://www.unforgettablelabs.com- The Gram: https://www.Instagram.com/vonwong- The Podcast: https://www.impacteverywhere.org- Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/iintrigue/- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Photo Quote:“Be a student of humanities because if you are, it makes you a more sensitive recorder of life.” — Yousuf Karsh.https://karsh.org/- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Talent under 30:Please check out Ronny Garcia a 29-year-old fine art portrait photographer based in Barranquilla, Colombia.https://ronnygarciaphotography.com/https://www.instagram.com/_ronnygarcia/- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Episode Links:Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah BergerMade to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan HeathHome Studio Video: https://video.joeedelman.com/homestudioDIY Backgrounds: https://video.joeedelman.com/diybackground - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -TOGCHAT ResourcesShow Website: https://tog.chatMy Website: https://www.JoeEdelman.comJoin the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographersMy calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this video. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this video.Support the show (https://paypal.me/joeedelman)
Benjamin Von WongBenjamin Von Wong is a talented innovative, creative, artist, photographer and activist. His work has been described as a mix of fantasy and photography and combines everyday objects with shocking statistics. It has attracted the attention of corporations, like Starbucks, Dell, and Nike and has generated over 100 million views for causes like ocean plastics, electronic waste, and fashion pollution. Most recently, he was named one of Adweek’s 11 content branded masterminds.He is also the host of the Impact Everywhere Podcast.Meet this incredible talent as he shares what he’s learned and how he infuses his creativity with purpose and how he’s working to make a change. Benjamin’s website: https://www.vonwong.com/Benjamin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/thevonwong?s=20 Benjamin’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vonwong/?hl=enImpact Everywhere: https://impacteverywhere.org/ Photo Courtesy: Benjamin Von Wong Photo Courtesy: Benjamin Von Wong
HOSTFollow Jesse Oxford, Founder and Creative Director of OX Creative@firstname.lastname@example.orgGUESTFollow Benjamin Von Wong@vonwongINTRO:JO: I first met Ben at the Story Conference in Nashville. He and I were both presenting there. And later on that year, we had the opportunity to collaborate together on an art installation. And as we spent time in our studio and here in Chicago, in between all the days of fabricating, of just trying to figure out creative challenges and just spending a lot of hard work and trying to build this thing. One thing that stood out to me about Ben was that he didn't just want to create work that he was proud of, but he wanted to make work that really made a difference in the world.QUOT-ABLES:BVW: There's a difference between output and outcome. And so when a brand hires a storyteller to tell a story, they're looking for an output. They just want that piece of content that they can spread. But I think when you get into the impact space and you start caring deeply about what that piece of work is going to do, it doesn't become about the output, it becomes about the outcome. So let's take a company, Patagonia, for example. It's got this amazing brand that has done great things for the environment, they're all about environment first. But besides the people who buy a Patagonia branded jacket, to say, "I care about the environment and my money is going a little bit further, because I know it's being reinvested into something that I love, the outdoors." Why have stronger communities not spawned as a result of that?JO: Robert McKee, he wrote the book, Story, and he had a quote that says, "Stories are the currency of human relationships." And when I heard that for the first time, I was like, "Wow, stories is a currency." Is it true that there's no poverty when it comes to stories? And if that's a currency that, everybody's on the same page, everybody's equal. What comes to your mind?BVW: That's interesting. I think, my first reaction was actually the opposite of yours. So your reaction was, "If we all have the power to tell stories, then we're all equal." I went the opposite direction and went, "Well, we all might have the power to tell stories, but not all stories get the same chance to be heard. Not all stories get the same opportunities." And in which case, distribution matters, people with louder voices get heard more, not because they're better storytellers, but just because they're louder or better at using the systems in which they take place.BVW: I do think there is the common thread, regardless of language, is emotional timber, right? We have all felt love. We have all felt loss. We have all felt grief. And so if you do have the opportunity, let's remove those polarizing elements for a second, there is truly an opportunity to connect. Should we take the time or have the opportunity to, and from there can come a sense of understanding and there is no better way to do that, than story, right?BVW: There's a difference between output and outcome. And so very much when a brand hires a storyteller, a studio, or otherwise to tell a story, they're looking for an output, they just want that piece of content that they can spread. But I think when you get into the impact space and you start caring deeply about what that piece of work is going to do, it doesn't become about the output. It becomes about the outcome. So what is the outcome of the project that you've created? How has that moved the needle in one direction or another, and why? And I think that question is the one that's missing from the general narrative. People focus very much on the output, companies measure outputs. They're all quantitative, and occasionally qualitative, but very much still driven by output as opposed to the outcome.
How is your work impacting others? Here’s the simple answer: you don’t really know for sure. We might have metrics — profit margins, Google analytics, retweets — but that’s reach, not impact. How is what you do really connecting to other people, changing them and affecting them on a heart level? Part of the reality of living in the liminal space of creativity means learning that while we’re all connected, most of those connections are invisible. That’s something Benjamin Von Wong understands really well. Von Wong’s work lies at the intersection of fantasy and photography and combines everyday objects with shocking statistics. It has attracted the attention of corporations like Starbucks, Dell, and Nike and has generated over 100 million views for causes like ocean plastics, electronic waste, and fashion pollution. Most recently, he was named one of Adweek’s 11 content branded masterminds. Don’t miss this episode of the STORY podcast where we sat down to talk to Benjamin about connection, isolation, and the thin lines between the two, and so much more.
Ep 10: Benjamin Von Wong - Social Artivist Who's Generated 100+ Million Views
So This Is My Why
Benjamin Von Wong is Canadian mining engineer turned social artivist/photographer who designs campaigns around social impact and has succeeded in raising over 100 million views for different causes including plastics, fast fashion and electronic waste. He has a Guinness Book Record, a community of over 500,000 followers and tries to change the world through amplifying positive impact.Who is Benjamin Von Wong?Von was born in Canada and his parents are first-generation Chinese Malaysian immigrants. With something of a “chaotic” childhood - he went to 13 different schools in 3 different countries - there was nothing in his background that suggested that he would end up with an artistic career. Instead, he became a mining engineer in Nevada. Until one day, driven by a breakup, he purchased his first $100 camera from Walmart. A purchase that set him down the crazy, artistic trajectory he is currently on. I just woke up one day and realized that I didn't want to be an engineer for the rest of my life.Becoming a PhotographerThe transition into being a full-time creative wasn’t immediate, and some of the things we discussed included:Why quitting his engineering job was less a question of courage, and more out of “fear”Why photography ended up being the thing that drew him in for the long term;How he first got his start in the industry, and the most popular platforms to use at the time;How he ran a Kickstarter to fund his Von Wong Does Europe Tour; Some of his projects including the 365 day project; andVon’s 3 most impactful work prior to entering the social impact space.Within 3 years, Von obtained the highly sought after global campaign with Huawei where he had to create an angel with fire wings. Entering the Social ImpactAfter the Huawei campaign, he felt empty. And this signified another pivotal point in his life, only this time it was into the social impact space: Why was it so hard to enter the social impact space?Why was the mermaid with 10,000 plastic bottles project so successful?How does he measure the impact of art?Does he worry about alienating potential clients after entering the social impact space?What is his metric of success?To learn more, visit: www.sothisismywhy.com/10
Activist, Artist, & Photographer Benjamin Von Wong
The Underwater Podcast
In episode twelve, host Brett Stanley is talking to Activist, Artist, and Photographer Benjamin Von Wong. Ben’s work is probably best described as epic, ranging from his earlier photography work which had him collaborating with amazing subjects around the world, to his latest installation work building incredible sculptures and artworks from unusual objects that hope to provoke and motivate people to take action on issues like recycling, child hunger, and of course our oceans.Whilst not a full time underwater photographer, Ben has created some incredible imagery with very little experience, and his journey from playing in a pool with friends to tying models to shipwrecks is really inspiring. Ben also has his own podcast, called Impact Everywhere all about creating a Positive Impact in Unexpected Places.Discuss the episode in our facebook group.Visit our YouTube for livestreamsFollow Benjamin: Website, Facebook, Instagram, PodcastSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brettstanley)
Episode 28 Benjamin Von Wong Photographer, Activist, Visual engineer, Hyper realist story teller
Podlamania Photography & Video Podcast
Episode 28 Benjamin Von Wong Photographer, Activist, Visual engineer, Hyper realist story teller This week we get deep, but very meaningful with the creative mind of Canadian Artist, Photographer, Activist, Visual engineer and surreal hyper realist story teller Benjamin Von Wong. Ben is an amazing creative who’s journey has included creating mind blowing surreal images using fire & water to photographing underwater with sharks to very meaningful environmental art installations and images that certainly come with a BIG message about our planet. Von Wong is known for his big impact super creative photoshoots and art installations, his behind the scenes images and videos share everything about his projects for all to see, and some of them are mind blowing. We learn that a lot of his early projects were all about creating the image and collaborating with like minded creatives, about his passion which shows in his continued commitment. Wayne & Jake talk with Ben about how his path on creating art has changed and shifted parallels over the years. How his direction has changed considerably and where will his journey take him next. We chat about some of his past creative projects which include amazing imagery where he photograph’s the staff of smugmug as super heroes on the edge of tall skyscrapers to creating “’The parting of the Plastic Sea” Strawpocalypse’ a ‘Guinness World Record’ environmental art piece using 168,000 used straws. Ben’s creative mind is out of this world, his concepts are amazing and his skill to bring these projects and art installations together, using the help of volunteers, is unparalleled. We could talked with Von Wong for hours, but as you know an episode can only be so long, that said we certainly look forward to catching up with Ben again in the future to see where his journey takes him next. If you’re not familiar with Ben Von Wongs work then head over there now and be prepared to be enlightened. - The Art: www.vonwong.com - The Unforgettable Campaigns: www.unforgettablelabs.com- The Gram: www.Instagram.com/vonwong/- The Podcast: www.impacteverywhere.org- The YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/TheVonWong/videos Podlamania has a NEW website, head on over and take a peek and let us know what you think…. New content coming all time so why not subscribe to keep in the loop. Remember, if have a question about anything Photography or Video/Cinema related, we’d love to hear them, you can send your questions to email@example.com Thanks for listening and don’t forget to leave a comment and like. Don't forget to give us a LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE on your chosen podcast player, it helps our rankings a lot and helps us grow and get noticed more. Help support PODLAMANIA, so we can bring you even more amazing guests. If you want to help support us to produce and record even more great interviews and content for your ears, and allow us to physically be in front of some of this worlds greatest talents and artists, you can help make this happen by donating on our Paypal page. (Link below)Even a dollar can help.. or more if you love us that much. :) https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9CTSELVWACV2W&source=url https://Waynejohns.com https://Jakehicksphotography.com