Five Images

by Joseph O’Neill


Alfred Eisenstaedt proclaimed: “The important thing is not the camera, but the eye.”  Reflecting this bold credo, my innovative  photography skillfully illuminates sites and scenes that the normal vision easily overlooks.
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Across a monochrome arcade of life, my masterful black and white urban photography encapsulates the aesthetics of a modern romantic and mirrors the irrepressible energy of the world as  I celebrate the possibility of the unexpected in urban life.
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Urban and industrial in tone, I begin with a nocturnal photograph of an ordinary building or street scene and offer a close-range, almost intimate view of scenes of the environment. Rather than offering a wider view of an entire edifice, my sharp lens synthesizes every detail and is unerring – the work constantly demands that the viewer go outside and see their “ordinary” surroundings with better eyes.
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A master at manipulating the lens, my intuitive vision shines the spotlight on often overlooked urban beauties such as alleyways or tops of buildings, and showcases details of these edifices where there are often no people or even animals, only the living, breathing city.  With a sense of drama, my photography’s powerful oeuvre offers the sites and scenes of the world, dramatically highlighting in sharp black and white architectural forms with clean and sharp visions.

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Employing dazzling dark and shimmering light contrasts, I bring dynamic movement and a sense of shifting light as I offer each locale a life of its own, offering a close, almost confrontational range. The sharpness of my nocturnal images best illustrates my finely developed sense of light and composition. With an intuitive vision,  my oeuvre vividly envelopes the senses, inviting the viewer to re-think the images of the world as my film sees it, encouraging them to enter this environment and experience the view.

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Joseph O’Neill‘s  journey started with his Grandmother, also an artist, who constantly encouraged him to be creative and explore the artist within. He soon discovered the photographer Eugene Adget and his unique way of capturing the simplicities of everyday life.  Also, Manray for showing him that photography is art. Although he has no formal art education, he did attend the Johnson and Wales University for Culinary Arts,  and suspects the care and attention he learned to pay to food helped shape his appreciation of the beauty of the ordinary, day-to-day life. Also, because he is  self-taught as a photographer, he isn’t afraid to explore, question and educate himself, to become more nuanced in capturing what he would like to share with the world. He has had the great fortune to not only participate in numerous photo expositions, but to have placed in a handful of them. He has recently been invited to show his work in group shows at galleries throughout the  world. More of his work can be found here.

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