THE IMAGES AND YOU
Thank you for the comments and feedback. I hope you find a photograph that is to your liking and suitable for your needs. Images and text copyright Patrick O'Leary 2011.
I photograph when light shows an ordinary subject as different, unique, compelling, flattering and beautiful. I wish to capture a scene that will encourage a meditative and intimate connection with you. My hope is to strengthen our awareness of the world around us and of the fragility, beauty and sacredness of life.
Patrick was born in Edmonton, Canada and lived in southern Ontario and in England during his childhood. The extraordinary galleries, museums and gardens of London and the rugged Yorkshire countryside stimulated Patrick's passion for art and nature at an early age. Upon returning to Canada, his interest in art was further inspired by the natural beauty across the country. He chose photography, using natural light, as the medium to interpret what he saw. His objective is that each image appear painted, using only camera and film.
After receiving a BA from Trent University, Patrick worked as Editor/Researcher for the Arts on The Canadian Encyclopedia in Edmonton, before moving to Vancouver. Following twenty years of editing and research in publishing, in 1995 he made a career change to professional photography. He began creating his portfolio, specializing in flower and garden photographs, using professional equipment and film. Use of the technique of "editing in camera" eliminated the need for editing or manipulation on a computer. Marketing started in 1999 in various formats, including framed prints, canvas transfers and greeting cards.
A few photographs were taken as long ago as 1978, using a basic manual Fujica ST801 35mm camera with Fujinon 50mm lens. Most of the photographs in the portfolio have been taken since 1995. In 1984, he began using a professional model camera. This was supplemented in 1995 with the top-of-the-line manual-focus 35mm Contax RTS III camera containing features unique to this brand. The entire foundation of the system is a series of high quality, manual focus, very heavy Zeiss lenses.
Patrick is dedicated to preserving the environment and the subjects of his photographs; therefore he does not own or drive an automobile. Most of the photographs in his portfolio were captured by using a bicycle or by carrying the necessary 30 pounds of equipment on foot. This unique "Scenics on Foot" approach lends an in-depth and personal touch to his art.
Contax RTS III manual focus 35mm SLR camera.
Zeiss lenses manual focus:
28mm Distagon f2.8
45mm Tessar f2.8
50mm Planar f1.4
85mm Sonnar f2.8
100mm Makro-Planar f2.8 Macro
200mm Tele-Tessar f4
100-300mm Vario-Sonnar zoom f4.5 - 5.6
Patience, persistence, perseverance and film. Originally Kodachrome 64 and now use Fuji Velia rated at 40 ASA, requiring patience for the wind to stop when photographing close-ups of flowers. Almost all work is taken in the field, in its natural setting with available light. As well as a tripod, a focusing rail is used for macro close-ups of flowers.
I hope you are moved by my work.