Kevin O’Connell is one of a few photographers that still uses large and medium format film cameras. You can easily see his intense love of setting up and composing each individual photo. Because of this Kevin has won many international awards.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
I’m a very passionate introverted guy who has this love of art in
general. I’m a little quiet most times, but I do have a wicked sense
of humor, and will make even the grumpiest of people laugh and feel
comfortable around me. I can’t go anywhere without looking at the
sky, and the way the lighting affects the places all around us. I
make mental notes in my mind all day long about this. My photography is part of who I am and gives me satisfaction and pleasure every second I’m working on a piece. I consider photography to be fine art the same way a painting is and think that certain photographers see and feel things that others don’t.
Why did you start taking photos?
I took a class in junior year of high school, and fell in love with
it. I then saw the most incredible photos in a window of a
storefront next to the eye doctor office I was at. I went back a
week later to ask the photographer if he would let me work for him
teach me how to shoot. He became my mentor and friend.
These shots are really awe inspiring. What is your
definition of “fine art landscape”?
A fine art landscape to me is a harmony of lighting, color, contrast
, composition, and the pure essence of imagination.
How do you capture the essence of a place?
I usually find a place or area I like and hike or drive around until
I see something that just speaks to me. I envision this as a
photograph or painting, and sometimes that means coming back at a
different time or when the weather changes to give it the look I
Your landscape photography feels almost like oil paintings
from the old masters. What is your secret?
Funny you say that, because I have always thought of photography as
a fine art painting. I have had clients tell me that they only buy
paintings and have never thought of buying a photograph until they
saw my work. Hearing some one say that to me is more satisfying than anything I can imagine. I don’t really have a secret, but more so a
passion and love for art in general. I’m inspired by photography
that has a surreal look with a hint of mystery as some paintings do.
In order for me to get those types of pictures, it takes certain
weather conditions and definitely all about the lighting. Early
morning or just before the sun goes down, are my favorite times for
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working
I am also working on a series called Painting With Light. Its a
technique I use with very long exposures were I actually work in the
dark and paint the picture in with flashlights, flames and candles.
I also play with shadows, colored gels, and multiple exposures on a
single sheet of film.
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and
how do you select your equipment?
I have used both digital and film cameras and love both, but lean a
little more towards large format film because of the manual setting
up of the camera and having complete control of every part of the
image. I use a wide angle lens for my landscapes.
Can you name some tips for those who want to start a
That is a hard question, but I will give you the best answer I can.
This answer is for photographers who know this is their passion and
shoot because of their love for photography.
- Don’t ever sell yourself cheap
- Try to be unique
- Let your passion show in your photographs
Thanks Kevin for sharing your fine art landscape photography!
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