HERRON: Do you have a favorite class, process, or technique that you like to teach studens?

MARTINKUS: I enjoy teaching synthesis, or how to combine disparate lovelies and slights into a coherent artwork.

HERRON: What is the one thing you want your senior photography students to take away from the program?

MARTINKUS: Image-making makes us. I hope to give students the freedom, validation, and criticality they need to succeed as artists.

HERRON: You are a member of the Aurora PhotoCenter's board, a local creative space that provides resources and opportunities to working and aspiring photographers. What do you hope to achieve in this role?

MARTINKUS: I've wanted to connect Herron more intimately with the cultural life outside its walls for a long time. The mission of Aurora PhotoCenter is to serve as a locus for image culture in Indianapolis. As a board member, I want to be a conduit between Aurora's pantheon of image-makers and Herron's ever-changing zeitgeist.

HERRON: Where can we find you (or what kinds of things do you explore) when you're not talking about photography or brainstorming ideas for new multidisciplinary projects?

MARTINKUS: I have four children who instill awe, a genuinely selfless wife, a needy but lovable dog, and a charming old house. I cherish all these things, and most of the scant free time I have is for them. I can say without hyperbole that my life is blindingly beautiful.

I also love making ice cream sundaes, fixing up old bikes, and the moon.

More of Benjamin Martinkus' work can be found on his website.