Calen Bennett, a self-described “flaneur,” employs the limitations and the uniqueness of 35mm film to achieve his goal of forming original and previously non-existent connections in our contemporary society. Best known for his landscapes and cityscapes that are pointedly inattentive of humans, Bennett seamlessly blends elements of both documentary and conceptual photography, creating a style that expands upon the history of the medium. Taking inspiration from contemporary masters such as Ed Ruscha, Joel Mayerwitz, and Stephen Shore, he explores and confronts themes such as authenticity, hypocrisy, and human relationships. Furthermore, color, composition, and other formal qualities are central to Bennett’s photographic output, with subtle tinges of humor present in many of his pieces. In his recent body of work, “The West” (2015), he considers the notion of selective beauty and the harmony between man and nature during a cross-country road trip.