Benn Northover recalls a formative experience of his in the cover story of his photographed by Steven Meisel in the latest issue of Summerwinter Homme that vividly illustrates why giving up is such a dubious proposition. Around the age of 9 of 10, growing up in Suffolk, England, Benn found himself competing in a swimming race. After the starting pistol fired, young Benn raced through his lane only to be passed in the water by not one, but two swimmers. Distraught, Benn downed tools and swam to the side of the pool sure he had already lost the race. A judge then approached Benn and said, “I just disqualified them both, why did you stop?” Benn remembers this moment well and no doubt has heeded its message to focus developing his own craft across myriad disciplines including acting, photography, and cinema. Benn studied acting in New York at Stella Adler Studio and has gone on to star in a range of films from House of Boys (2011) in which he played a young prostitute living with AIDS in the 1980s to the feature film El Guardián Invisible (2016) due out later this year directed by Fernando González Molina. Apart from acting, Benn has sharpened his eye behind the lens and following some encouragement from Steven Meisel, put together a forthcoming photography exhibition called Notes and Messages. Giving up as a youngster was never really a good option in the swimming lane and is unlikely to ever be for Benn as an adult as he makes considerable waves.
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Credits include: Publication, Summerwinter Homme N°2 2017; Title, “Benn Northover: An Englishman In New York”; Interview, Christopher Ferguson; Photography, Steven Meisel; Styling, Karl Templer.