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matt o’connor

Artist Statement

As a child I spent 3.5yrs in Japan, and as a direct consequence, manga and anime have had a strong influence on the way I present my live music shots.  I happily credit my eye to the art of Osamu Tezuka, Shotaro Ishinomori, and Leiji Matsumoto; for those struggling, think along the lines of Astro Boy, Captain Herlock, Star Blazers, and Ultra Man.  The dark is just as important to my work as is light; sometimes more so.  My black and white live music photography work is inspired by the art and works of Banksy.  I credit my use of saturated colour to the Australian landscape; a beautiful, sunburnt country.

Exhibition Statement

These images were captured in and around Melbourne from 2012 through to 2014 (inclusive, with the majority of exhibited pieces taken at Lucky 13 Garage, Moorabbin; many thanks to Rob & Irene Bradamante).  Featured artists hail from Victoria and NSW, and genres span hard rock, blues, rock-a-billy, and original. Images were captured on DSLR (Canon MkIII & 60D), with ambient light and ‘fast’ lenses: Sigma 50mm 1.4Art, Canon 50mm 1.4, Canon 24-70mm 2.8L, and Canon 70-200mm 2.8L.

I shoot RAW, and like to crush my blacks the same way thousands of dreams are every year.  I enjoy shooting the local pub scene as you don’t get kicked out after 3 songs, as with shooting the arena shows of touring acts, and one can develop an ongoing relationship with the artists, thus allowing their trust in your camera and eye to capture them at their best.

one hundredth gallery is proud to be working as a sales agent for Matt O’Connor.

To inquire about, or purchase Matt’s artwork, please contact Charles at one hundredth gallery at or 0413 00 1234.