This photography portfolio titled “The Shape of Things” aims to open and expand your awareness of your urban environs. Living constantly busier lives we as urbanites forget to look around, to observe the most basic fundamental element of our cities, it’s structures. Throw photography I show, to the world that there is more to a structure than just its facade. Using man made and natural light I expose the architectural highlights of my subject. Focusing on lines, shadow, and light as they combine to give each building its own character.
Joseph O’Neill was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1965. He has no formal education in art, but did study to become a chef. In the process of becoming a chef, he was forced to develop the habit of trying, tasting, and experiencing things in a different way.
He has been an active photographer throughout the last decade, but only began exhibiting in 2012. Because he is self taught, he is never afraid to try different techniques. His photography has been influenced first by the works of Eugene Atget, and later by Man-Ray. His earlier work in photography was an unplanned documenting of things that are taken for granted as he passed them. Since deliberately moving toward photography as fine art, he has been experimenting more with architectural abstracts and nude studies. His work has appeared in numerous group and solo exhibitions around the world, predominately in New York City and Europe. Has been published in art journals, and art magazines, digitally and in print. His work is on display in the U.S. Embassies in Oman and Latvia, and is an active member of one of New York City’s oldest artist collective, The Pleiades Gallery.
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