18 July 2013
In a new feature to the NSW Tales blog, we aim to highlight some of the great photographers we have in NSW. By nature photographers are story tellers, content creators and all have their own vision of a place. Our first feature photographer is Kiama based photographer Kieran O’Connor.
Here is a background to his photography and passion in his own words and be inspired by his wonderful images:
My introduction to photography started through traditional art; being a landscape painter I used a little point & shoot to capture reference photos for my work. It grew on me very quickly and I was fascinated at the concept of recording a moment in time, a personal moment.
My love of photography took off and eventually overshadowed my desire to keep painting. I found more joy through the lens than I did through the paintbrush. I’ve been lucky enough to have always lived near the coast and I am constantly inspired by the oceans ever changing wild beauty. There is no better fulfillment than standing on an empty beach as the sun rises and taking those moments home with me and then sharing them with others. I want viewers when looking at my work to feel something. I want to pull them into a scene and have them feel as if they can almost smell the salt spray or feel the water lapping at their feet. I hope you enjoy viewing my work as much as I enjoy creating and sharing it.
I moved to Kiama not too long ago and have not regretted that decision since. The area is simply beautiful and an absolute haven for a seascape photographer. Being a small coastal town there are many locations to shoot in such a small area so I am quite spoilt in decisions on where to photograph. As you drive through Kiama you’re hit with that wonderful smell of salt air, it’s hard not to be inspired as a photographer.