FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL ONEILL
When I leave this planet one of my deepest regrets will be that I didn't spend nearly enough time and energy shooting personal projects...shooting just for me. I guess I can't complain that I have developed, and still enjoy, a busy commercial work schedule and the rewards that go with it. I just wish I had taken more time to do some personal projects. There was a time earlier on in my career when I was photographing upwards of one hundred weddings per year. When the well-deserved vacation came around I would leave my cameras at home not wanting anything to remind me of the work I was leaving behind for that brief time. Oh, how I regret that now. I had visited many beautiful destinations during those respites and have no pictures to recall those locations. I can't get that back now, but I have moved forward with a different mindset.
I have two people to thank for my renewed enthusiasm. One is Gene Martin who came into my life as one of my photographic assistants many years ago. He went on to be a great wedding photographer in his own right as well as making his mark in the music industry creating fantastic conceptual portraits for many mainstream artists, music publications and record labels. The second person is Lenny “LT" Totoro...a dear friend of mine and a world class sculptor, who's works are held in private collections and public installations worldwide. Together Lenny and I probably rode 50,000 miles together on some truly memorable motorcycle road trips. Both of these dear friends and talented artists have since gone on to that great art gallery in the sky. I miss them both dearly but I haven't forgotten the lessons I learned from them...First: always have a camera with you and Second: make the time to do some personal projects for yourself. Projects that you have total creative freedom with. Projects that don't call for meeting someone else's needs and expectations. Projects who's value is measured not by how much money can be made by doing them, but rather by how much personal satisfaction you derive from undertaking them.
This gallery, then, is a sampling of some of my favorite personal photographs. I started this collection a mere ten years ago but add to it on a regular basis these days. You will see me refer to these images as my fine art editions. Though I started this collection as a personal quest I have been fortunate enough to have garnered critical acclaim for some of my works. Some of my pieces have been accepted into very important juried art shows in both the Hamptons on Long Island, New York as well as in New York City...two of the most important cultural centers in the art world. My pieces are currently displayed and offered for acquisition in galleries in The Hamptons, New York City, Boston and Ottawa, Canada. Some of my pieces are held in private collections locally and as far away as New England; Denver, Colorado; Seattle, Washington; Ottawa, Canada and “across the pond" in Great Britain. My pieces have also earned recognition from my peers, garnering numerous awards and accolades in photographic competitions locally, on the state level and even in international professional photography competitions.
Interested collectors can contact me directly to acquire my works. Pricing information is provided in the “Pricing" section under the “Info" tab of this web site. Some of my earlier works were offered as limited editions and the most popular ones are close to selling out already. My later works are being offered as open editions and I welcome inquiries from developers, decorators and retailers as well as private collectors.
So what is in my body of work? Hopefully you have taken the time to peruse the Fine Art Editions gallery on this web site, so I'll take the time here to give you a little idea of what you were looking at. Some of these fine photographs were taken right here in my home town of Northport, NY...a quaint little waterfront village on the north shore of Long Island. There are pictures of Northport harbor, the village dock, sailboats on their moorings and even one of a beautiful double rainbow touching down in my own beachfront neighborhood. There are other images of beautiful spots on Long Island including stunning fall foliage pictures over the lake at Cold Spring Harbor and an artfully executed black and white image of the lighthouse on Fire Island. There are windmills, lighthouses, dunes,boats and vineyards...numerous images that were captured on the south fork of the east end of Long Island in Sag Harbor, East Hampton, Sagaponac, Napeague, Springs and Montauk. Moving off Long Island you will find images as nearby as the NYC skyline as well as images captured in the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains and along the shore of the great Lake Ontario. There are images from Point Judith and Block Island, Rhode Island. There are photographs from as far north as Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine as well as images from as far south as sunny Florida. Head out west you will find images from the deserts and canyons of Nevada, Utah and Arizona.
I hope you enjoyed viewing this collection of my fine art photography editions. I'd like to think my best work is still forthcoming and I know I will enjoy creating many more amazing pictures in the future and promise to share them with you here on this web site.