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{I CLOSED MY EYES AND SAW THIS} – SOLO SHOW – CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA

My first solo photographic exhibition was in 2006 at the Huw Davis Gallery (PhotoAccess). This show marked the beginning of my career in fine art photography and because of this, I have a sentimental attachment to this amazing gallery and to the inspiring people who run it.  No matter how much I become invested in the commercial side, my fine art photography will continue to be an important part of my growth as an artist and as a photographer. To accomplish this, I like to push myself to create a new body of work every year and then celebrate it with a gallery show. So with that, I officially invite you to the opening night of my next solo show “I closed my eyes and saw this”. I exhibited this body of work earlier in the year in Melbourne and I am excited to be able to bring it to the gallery where it all started for me.

I closed my eyes and saw this” - New Works by Dan O’Day (that’s me)

16 August to 2 September 2012 {Opening night Thursday 16 August – 6pm sharp}

Huw Davies Gallery, Photoaccess - Corner Manuka Circle and New South Wales Crescent, Griffith ACT (next door to the Manuka Pool)

Hope to see you there for a drink! (and a piece of cheese)

Image below: The Count – 2012 – 120cm x 96 cm edition of 5

Paul Boundy - looking forward to seeing your work, recommended by my sisters erica and erin margan

Lisa - I wish I could make it to this exhibition. I am sure it will be amazing.

dylan - wish we could make it, love this image. best of luck.

Brian Terry - I’m in a taxi from Cork right now dude – seriously – best of luck with it….BT!

JK Blackwell - Ah… I am going to miss this one – I hope you’ll bring your exhibition to Sydney! x

gee - Something hidden in this image. Pretty scary. Other images on your blog takes attention away from it, kind of distraction but when i look just in to this image alone gives me chills. Very powerful stuff. Reminds me slow-mo scene in the woods from Antichrist the movie. Amazing.

JUST A FEW FOR NOW – SHOBANA & DAVID

isaiah - YES

James frost - Very nice ! Love the last one ! :)

Alyda - Oh I love these clever Dan!

Lexie B - Absolutely stunning as always Dan!

Christine - Beautiful! :) Really really beautiful.

Rachael - Amazing as always Dan, Can’t wait to see more! :)

Craig + Kate - Aaaaahboom! That’s what I’m taking about….. Awesome mate! :)

Lisa Jay - I love the feel of image 2 & the sillouette in image 3 & the space between them.

marc ash - Last image is magnificent :)

Julianna Koh Blackwell - So beautiful! The last image especially :) x

Colsie - The last pic is awesome….

Xian Alexander - Beautiful! Love the negative space in the last frame.

shauna nicole - new fan right here!

scott thomas - Nice work! Such a beautiful location to shoot. I bet the clients loved these photos! Keep up the good work.

ANITA & DOM FELL IN LOVE AND GOT MARRIED. HERE ARE A FEW PICTURES I TOOK OF THEM

Emma - Beautiful photos can’t wait to see more.

Monique - so gorgeous! Love it!

Dylan - Stunning work. I love the first and last frames, and all in between :)

Oli - Maaaaaaaaan. Sickly good.

amber - soooo good

Jody - so beautiful – they must be thrilled xxx

Fujifilm Australia - We Love them!
Wonderful composition, great capture of emotion.
Thanks for sharing :)

sachin khona - Heck yes dude! so good!!

ed peers - Super frames man.

Lisa Jay - Every picture you create is just magic Dan. Love! x

marc ash - First image is dope man :)

James Melia - That first shot is stunning… well they all are! Awesome work

Zulbard - great and i love last picture

Switn - Lovely photos. don’t you have trouble processing the photos with lightroom/cameraraw?

Its Beautiful Here - Really love the greens, such perfect shades! Where is this shot?

James frost - Some Really nice frames dude ! That guys got a rad beard to ! :)

Anita + Dom | Studio Home - [...] this shoot from Dan O’Day filled with natural light and saturated greens. [...]

THE 2012 AIPP AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (APPA)

Last week saw the annual gathering for the AIPP Australian Professional Photography awards (APPA) in Melbourne (Australia). I was over the moon to receive 1 Gold award, 2 Silver Distinctions and 1 Silver award for my four prints entered. The standard of work on show was unbelievable, I can confidently say that I am super proud to be apart of the Australian Photography Industry. The photo artists that come out of this country are right up there with the best in the world and I am inspired by this every day… It is also a constant reminder to me that I cant afford to slack off as a creative if I want to stay competitive in this industry, so thank you fellow awesome image makers! (you complete me). I was honored to be asked to be a judge again this year and it was a responsibility i didnt’ take lightly. I got to sit alongside some of the photographers I most respect in this industry and discuss/critique work in an open forum, often in front of the entrants (who were probably whispering, “they don’t get me” or “yes!! they get it” or maybe even, “that Dan guy needs to pull his pants up”) I know this because I am also an entrant and it is usually me up the back of the room chewing my nails down to the bone when my peers are “judging me”. As an entrant, it takes alot of courage to put yourself out there to be critiqued and I believe that everyone that does this deserves to be awarded, really. To quote a good friend of mine Samm Blake “Through the greatest discomfort, comes the greatest growth” and I truly believe this.

On another note, at the gala dinner on the closing night I was awarded the honor of AIPP Master of Photography which is a huge personal achievement for me.

Below are the images I entered into this years awards, I hope you enjoy! Thank you to all of my clients for giving me the opportunity to make pictures and to those volunteers that helped me out for my whacky portrait idea (below).

Stew - Well done Master Dan’O! Be proud, as you are one of the best too! Your perspective, your work and your lateral thinking blows my mind often. Thank you. :)

David Ferguson | Brisbane - Congratulations on it all mate. Love your work.

Shanna - You’re a rockstar. Love your work Dan! :)

Jenn Stark - Seriously Dan. I can’t stop staring at the first image – it should be like the national flag of all wedding photographers. Congrats on everything, well deserved!! x

James frost - That black and white is rad ! Keep bring art to photography dude !!! :)

alyda - so proud to call you a friend danny boy. you are an inspiration and also very funny. yay xx

skelator - you complete me.

marina - Awesome x

ALMA // - Insanity Senior O’Day

David Campbell - Killer work! Congrats on the achievement too.

Andreas - Sweet! Love the shots! Keep making good stuff !

Julianna Koh Blackwell - You go Master O’Day!

Ben - Inspiring work Dan O’day!! Congrats on all the accolades :)

Delia - Congrats on the incredible achievement Dan!!

Tanya Love - Oh, I didn’t realise that crazy portrait shot was yours! I loved it, the colours are so vibrant, very, very cool!x

Bridget - Massive Congratulations Dan. We can see why you’ve picked up those awards. Wonderful news!

Scout - Fantastic shots and words from the heart.

aga - This is beautiful, congrats friend!

Gemma Higgins - just adore that last image! One of my favorites of the awards… Awesome stuff Master O’Day! xx

Jonas Seaman - Congratulations Dan!! So inspiring!!

ART & THE HEART {MELBOURNE}

I am so grateful to everyone you see below… In January of this year myself and my homegirl Samm Blake held our first workshop together, ART & THE HEART {Melbourne}. Although, technically I was one of the “educators” I can confidentaly say that I gained so much out of this experience, I became stronger, I left inspired and I am hungry for the next.

Thank you to AimeeJodiJessJohnMitchMyekalDebsMarinaMichelleTracyTristanGemmaEmilyStewartBettinaMichelleShaunSuellen,  JuliannaSally for attending the Melbourne workshop and becoming my new friends (not just on Facebook but in real life as well:). Also, I would like to throw a thank you to our good friend Christine for helping us out over the 3 days.

In a few weeks time, myself and Samm will be heading off over the seas again to host ART & THE HEART in New York (June 12 to 14) Cork, Ireland (July 2 to 4) and then off to London (July 10 to 12). There are still a sprinkling of seats left so if you feel like coming along for the ride and meeting a bunch of new friends who like the same stuff you do (while of course refining your craft and your business), head over to www.artandtheheart.com and register. I’m so excited for what lies ahead in the next few months.

Below are a bunch of pictures (taken by myself and Samm) of our amazing attendee’s and super hot models (who, for the record also had really great personality’s) over those 3 amazing days in Melbourne.

Love you all and hope to see you in New York, Ireland or London!!

*We will be announcing a second Australian ART & THE HEART next week so pop onto the mailing list if you would like us to keep you in the loop.

Jenn Stark - How awesome! LOVE the “headshots” you guys did, so totally fun. All the best with your future dates! x

Anda - Yeah!! New York is going to rule! See you soon!

Scout - Looks like fantastic time was had by all.

Hope to make it along to the next one.

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Renee Bell - looks amazing!!!

Jeremy Beasley - Great to see some of the pics. Hope the footage works out!

Myekie - WOW!! These look great. Such great memories. I got So much from this workshop! Awesome Dan!

second row on the left - you guys rock! good luck overseas :)

Gemma Higgins-Sears - LOVE IT! so much fun!! Miss those few days… Miss everyone! Reunion!!

Pobke - Love you guys. :) xoxo

Bettina Kingma - Great photos Dan, an amazing, inspiring experience loved it love you all :)

Tracy - Long lasting & soul warming memories here. I walked away from those few days bursting with inspiration, awe and a better sense of myself and personal work. Not to mention some pretty awesome new friends…:)

Emily Adamson - So grateful Dan & Samm. I didn’t take any photographs and find it hard to put into words, but you have changed my life in all the right ways. Anyone considering attending a future Art and the Heart will not regret it :)

lisa - This has made me even more excited about the London workshop.

Brian Terry - Love it ;-)

Kirra Cheers - Aahh looks like so much fun! I want to come to the next one.

Stewart - Nice! Thanks Dan the man! I left inspired too, and very grateful for meeting & getting to know such an awesome bunch of people. It seems like it was yesterday.

Stewart - PS. Love the kitchen shots, and the fact that you walked less than a 100m’s to get all the shots! Melbourne = awesome :)

Sheridan - Looks ahhhhh-mazing, will have to be a part of this someday! :)
Good luck with your next workshops! x

Julianna - Thank you Dan & Samm xx
Best investment ever!!

Mary Kathryn - Ya-hoooo!!! New York, New York, New York!

Michael - I wish I could’ve been there to learn from you two! Amazing.

dylan - You’re incredible Dan. Fricking incredible.

art courses melbourne - Really an amazing photos, Wish you all the best for your next workshop.

WELL WISHES FROM A STRANGER

Love it when this happens… 

Sheridan - CUUUUUUUUUUTE!!!

Wendy - That is adorable!

Nick - Awesome! Love their reaction! :)

Kate P - Great stuff Dan :) We all love a bit o’ love!

Kirra Cheers - Nice. Beautiful candid moment. I think it is so weird when random onlookers take photos though. I mean what are they going to do with those photos.

anda - me too! i love shooting portraits around lots of random strangers. so good, dan :)

Sjoerd Booij - Yeah, made me smile :)

geneoh - agreed.

amy grace - oh wow, how heartwarming is this. and real. the best part. these are absolutely awesome.

James - Awesome! He should get royalties for the last photo :P

Monika Eisenbart - So funny!!! Love their faces, so happy.

Jazzy - Such a beautiful moment..

Tina Bingham - what a lovely start to my day x

Ray Siler - nice. love it when this happens, too. such a great moment.

Antony - Great triptych – Client will LOVE this!

James Melia - Love the honest spontaneity about this, just brilliant!

Jordan Kowalski - These shots are absolutely beautiful. Love it!

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juanita - what a beautiful moment!

Caryn - I love this :)