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NAME Chris O’Donovan

JOB Photographer

WEBSITE Chris O’Donovan

PROJECT Never Say Die

I’ve known Chris for a few years now and he’s always my first choice of photographer when a client asks for stills to accompany the video I produce.

On set, his chilled and collaborative manner hides a super sharp, creative brain, and I’ve always enjoyed chatting to him about his personal work – he’s always got something that he’s passionate about and busy pushing ahead with, despite his busy professional career.

He’s chosen to feature his latest personal response to the Covid pandemic – he showed me the initial image of his mum whilst we were on a commercial shoot, and since then I’ve loved seeing them crop up on Instagram. It’s also worth heading over to his website and checking out his other projects, particularly ‘Never Say Die’.

WHAT’S YOUR DAY JOB?

I am a full time photographer with over 10 years working professionally, Thanks to Covid-19 I’m not working on a lot commercially at the moment.  Personal work is first and foremost for me, but I do show it to clients and friends, and I find my personal work feeds back into my commercial work.

WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL PROJECT?

This series came about after having all of my upcoming shoots cancelled because of Covid-19.

I was missing photography, and asked my mother if I could take her photograph using a long lens after I dropped some supplies to her. It made me realize how much I missed making photographs.

My mum mentioned how she could hear the birds singing like never before, this was the first positive thing I had heard come from the pandemic. So I set out to find more positives.

Hopefully people will find it uplifting, maybe even inspiring. I just felt I had to document this crisis in my way somehow.

 

 

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DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE GALLERY OR ART WEBSITE?

Favourite gallery is Victoria Miro they have some really interesting shows and its a beautiful space. But in terms of photography it would have to be Michael Hoppen.

WHAT GADGET OR TOOL COULDN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT

A deep umbrella with diffusion, love that light.

WHO’S YOUR PROFESSIONAL SOURCE OF INSPIRATION?

There is so many professional photographers I find inspiring. Ryan Schude, Phil Sharp, David Ellis, Harry Borden are a few that come to mind.

 

 

 

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