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Jo O'Brien

Jo O'Brien

Melbourne, Australia

Once upon a time I used to think about an image for weeks or months before getting my bits together and taking it. My pictures meant something, even if only to me. I cared about them. I cared about the message they sent. Of course I deviated from this sometimes, enjoying a fun shoot with a crazy model or snapping away at the sunset like we all eventually do. But deep down, my photography was my voice and the lens through which I projected my soul.

Then I had a couple of children. The hurdles were obvious – how the hell does a person find the time and energy to go around doing photography with babies and toddlers at home? (If you know, seriously, email me!) But there was also something about living with children that completely satisfied my creative hunger. Instead of contemplating the message in my images I was contemplating the message I send to my children each day, and the one I leave behind in every human encounter. Photography just kind of fell behind in my priorities.

It wasn’t until my daughter was a little more independent that I realised photography was still a very active and important part of my life. It was still a voice for the things I care about and want to document for the future. The problem was that all my photos seemed to have my kids in them. And we all know how much everyone wants to see a bunch of pictures of some random person’s kids? (answer: not very much) So I haven’t had a lot to contribute on here for a while. But I do still log in every now and then. Take a look around. Buy someone a birthday present.

And who knows? One of these days my family will be a bit older. I’ll be able to go out with a camera and lenses instead of nappies and wipes. There are still sketches and ideas sitting in my shelves. Projects I still want to tackle. Images that won’t get out of my head.

It is only a matter of time.

  • Joined: May 2007

Journal

Audrey

I must apologise for the radio silence in recent months. James and I have been hard at work cooking up a baby and have been so insanely busy since she arrived we still haven’t announced it properly. Of all the artworks we’ve made together, she is the one we are most proud of. / Name: Audrey Patricia Price / Born: July 9th at 12:31am / Weight: 3.5kg / Length: 50cm / Head Circumference:…
Posted over 4 years – 86 comments

the reason all my jeans are too tight

It’s been a busy year. / Last summer I moved in with my boyfriend whom I met on RedBubble. In May we got engaged, ten weeks later we got married, spent a month traveling around Italy and now James and I are thrilled to be expecting our first child in July. So if you were wondering why I haven’t been posting any photos lately, it’s because we’ve been a little preoccupied. / Image by Hien Ngu…
Posted almost 5 years – 153 comments

Choose the RedBubble Home Page

You may not know this, but you (yes, you) can choose what artwork is featured on the RedBubble Home Page. / It’s actually quite easy. All you have to do is head on over to this forum thread and share eight images you think are home page worthy, and which fit the criteria. / I’d keep talking but it really is that easy. / …and if you like art, it’s also lots of fun.
Posted about 5 years – 9 comments

what did I miss?

Over the last 5 weeks I got married, meandered the streets of Venice in a big straw hat, saw the opera in Verona, lay on the rocky beaches of Monterosso, ate and drank through Tuscany, climbed the leaning tower of Pisa, and put the SLR away to enjoy Rome through my eyes, not my lens. Then we came home, went on a hot air balloon ride over Melbourne, tried to sleep when it was dark and stay awake w…
Posted over 5 years – 59 comments