Just one regional photographer is capturing evening skies, metropolis scapes, abandoned structures and rooftops as a part of his enthusiasm for colour and texture in these unseen places about the U.S.
At Trox Gallery and Items Friday evening, photographer Tim O’Connor displayed his artwork “Moments Stolen” in a selection of shots from the very last 18 months.
“I strive to seize or even steal times in time that not everyone sees,” he mentioned. “The aim is to hardly ever settle on any one particular design and to constantly expand with my art.”
O’Connor was born and raised in Emporia and has lived in Olathe for the earlier 11 several years. He began managing printing presses at the Flint Hills Technical College Graphic Arts program as properly as an internship at Jostens in Topeka where by he did whole colour process printing.
He transitioned from printmaking to a profession in data technological innovation, but is continue to pursuing his ambitions as a photographer. He was inspired by the Kauffman Middle for Executing Arts in Kansas Town — inevitably using on a purchaser.
“It’s a gorgeous clam shell agricultural marvel,” he stated. “A whole lot of traces, glass, a good deal of metal on glass and truly cool sights of the city. I’d be in there taking cellular phone snaps, you know, I just assumed, ‘I’ve got to get a camera.’”
He makes use of a Sony A7 Mirrorless digicam, serving to to seize tough photographs of the Milky Way Galaxy in Colorado. He shoots his photos raw, with no processing in the digital camera, and edits for his closing vision.
“The astro pictures is particularly challenging — there’s the moon section, the cloud protection and the dark sky aspect,” he explained. “You have to get out of the city. It’s rather complex but gratifying.”
O’Connor lately traveled to Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala., to seize churches, tunnels and rooftops. A single these tunnel shot in an undisclosed area in St. Louis is one particular of his favorites in the exhibit. The neon of the birds juxtaposed with the darkness of the tunnel delivers out an personal depth in the photograph.
“The hues are magical — the traces and symmetry and the depth,” he reported. “It is perfect disorders for me — I’m a sucker for a extended, deep tunnel appear. I’ve often appreciated evenings. I begun capturing at evening — darkish things and deserted things, kind of the things you really do not see as significantly.”
One photograph, “A Tale of Undesirable Goodbyes,” was taken in an deserted medical center. O’Connor grew to become fascinated with deserted spaces when he initial started his pictures occupation.
“I type of took place on an previous manufacturing facility — a wheel manufacturing facility — a little something about the textures, the colours and the area — I was sort of hooked,” he explained. “Here we are 4 years later and I’m getting weekend visits to other metropolitan areas — hundreds of abandoned buildings, church buildings, whatsoever.”
He has trips planned to Chicago and Houston for additional rooftops and road sights.
“[I’m] kind of riding the wave, hoping for the best,” he reported. “I’ve been performing with a great deal of people in Kansas Metropolis and artist collectives. I’d like far more portrait work — much more themed idea shoots — in particular abandoned spots, that is what I’m striving to operate towards.”
Works by Tim O’Connor are available on his site, stolenmoments.darkroom.tech.