I once read a book called “Zen and the art of Motorcycle maintenance” by Robert M. Pirsig in which he explores his ideas surrounding the Metaphysics of Quality. In the book, the author illustrates his personal struggle and search for the true meaning of quality. In some ways I find my own photographic journey a personal search for quality; never completely satisfied with what I produce or achieve, I am continuously pushing myself to improve both technically and artistically. I often find myself revisiting and analysing what and how I shoot, how I process and present my images, and above all why – what motivates me to capture and create the images in the first place.
This process of self exploration, evaluation, and improvement has allowed me to develop my photographic techniques and continually build on my existing experiences. In doing so, I have come to the conclusion that I can’t or don’t want to allow myself to be pigeon-holed into a specific photographic genera; each of the different fields of photography poses different challenges both technically and creatively and as such, each gives me personal satisfaction for very different reasons.
My photographic journey began when I was in my early 20’s. While backpacking across Asia, Russia and Europe I was struck with the incredibly beautiful and diverse landscapes, architecture, people and cultures, all of which left a lasting impression on me. Armed with a small point-and-shoot camera and a limited amount of storage space I began to explore the world of photography.
It was not until a few years later while living in London that I discovered the beautiful travel photographs of a friend and colleague. Keen to further develop my own interest in photography, I bought a second hand DSLR camera and my interest in the field from both the technical and creative aspects quickly expanded.
I am now an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers and have achieved several international awards in genres of landscapes, weddings, Illustrative and portraiture. From a beginning of almost exclusively shooting landscapes, my professional photographic journey has evolved to encompass many diverse areas including portraits, weddings, and commercial photography as well photographic training, support and tuition.
Although I live and breathe photography, as a geek at heart in the digital age I love the fusion of technology, composition, and manipulation that form a completed photograph. I am constantly developing my skills both behind the camera and within the post-processing software to create unique and powerful images, perhaps inspiring others to take up photography for themselves as a hobby or even a career.
I hope you find something on this website that you appreciate as much as I enjoyed creating it.
- Ryan O'Donoghue