Joseph O’Brien

What made you get into photography?
I got into photography completely by accident. When I was choosing what to do at college to stay in education; photography was my third choice. However, it’s the one I got into, and on day one I was hooked. The idea that I could capture anger, fear, jealousy, frustration, joy, the erotic and most of all wonder, in a visual format, was completely new. I’d been very closed off as a youth and this freedom of expression that was all of a sudden available to me was overwhelming. After studying at College and University I found myself developing a taste for Alternative fashion such as tattoo’s and latex. Truth be told it was a set of images entitled “Neon” create between Nina Kate and photographer Steve Neaves that kick started my inspiration into shooting that kind of stuff.

How would you describe your photography style?
It’s hard to describe your own style as it’s different in the eye of the audience. That being said I try to focus on images being clean and sharp, I would like to think that my images have a bold look that stands out. It’s only recently that I have found imagery that works as a collection that I can use with multiple models, ordinarily I like to attempt to create something new each time.

Any photographers or artists that you looked up to that helped influence your style?
Where do I start! As I mentioned earlier one of the most significant influences on my work has been Nina Kate. Others include Elegy Ellem, Starfucked, Mosh, Threnody in Velvet and many more. Ophelia Overdose is a huge inspiration from model to designer to artist. Photographers that I will forever idolize would be Robert Alverado, Julian Kilsby and Josefine Jonsson. Other creatives that are a constant inspiration include the likes of Violaceous latex, Miss G Designs and Alice Bizarre, there are so many more out there too.

Did you study photography in school or are you self-taught?
I did study photography at both College and University. Whilst I did very well at college with the course being mostly practical, I struggled at Uni, with the course being very theoretically and contextually based. I did, however, learn a lot about image subtext and theoretical art practices that I put into practice today. Almost everything that I have learned about cameras, lighting and post production I have taught myself through practice and spending countless hours on YouTube.

What do you feel is the most challenging thing about starting a photography business?
I’d say the most challenging thing about about starting a business as a photographer is finding the fine balance between knowing what to charge and getting the work in. There are a lot of people who ‘own cameras’ diluting the talent pool and undercutting, and with everyone feeling the squeeze of our current financial climate there appears to be few people out there willing to pay for quality. I’m afraid to say that even I can rarely afford to pay for a team these days.

What do you love most about being a photographer?
Without doubt the best thing about being a photographer is getting to meet some of the amazing people that are part of this industry. I have made so many friends and as photography is as much a part of my life as it is a career goal, i find myself to be very privileged to be able to know such fantastic people.

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