Bente was born in Jutland, Denmark, but most of her life, education and artistic development happened in Adelaide, South Australia. She originally trained as an art teacher at the South Australian School of Art and has since expanded her qualifications into Photographic Imaging, Graphic Design and Post Graduate studies in Photography. She began her artistic expression through print making and painting in acrylics and oils, with the last 20 years committed to the digital photographic medium. She is a keen educator, supporting aspiring photography enthusiasts in developing their creativity, skills and love of photography through mentoring and urban photo walks.
She has exhibited locally and abroad and has achieved overseas awards including an Honourable Mention in the inaugural Sienna Photographic Awards in Italy in 2015.
Her work is sourced from wanderings in urban, industrial, and disrupted natural environments, curious for the unexpected and unusual within the ordinary.
Her style acknowledges the strong influences of the paintings and drawings of Australian painter Jeffrey Smart; the essence of all that is Japanese and her Danish heritage and its tradition of timeless simplicity of form and purity of functional design.
“All that is structural and architectural underpins my work: the authenticity and integrity of materials; the respect for the cultural and historical; and the allure of the perfect, newly erected constructions that exemplify humanity’s hopeful endeavours to dominate and control their environment.
My work seeks to express the beauty, tension, and spiritual fascination with the Japanese aesthetic of Mono No Aware (the sensitivity and beauty of the ephemeral) and Wabi Sabi (incompletion, imperfection, and transience), chasing the flaws from which decline is inevitable.
These have nurtured my passion for structure in my work, seeking my own compositional perfections through the elements of form, pattern, texture, tone, colour, space and the rectangle.
My photographs are non-reactionary, considered, unsentimental, constructed with careful control and intended to elicit curiosity.”