The Modern Muses

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

of (genius) Kate O’Brien (as seen on Flickr)...



‘Australian photographer Kate O’Brien’s photos are fantasy snow globes, arranged just so. Not a shiny curl out of place, not a flower askew, they’re bottled candy bliss. An avid collector, Kate finds inspiration everywhere. Online auctions, liquidators and op-shops are her hunting grounds when in search of the perfect piece to finalize her vision. Driven by a deep love of Victoriana and the macabre, Kate often spends years looking for weird and wonderful items to include in her photographs. O’Brien lives in Brisbane with her husband, two cats and five ducks. There she continues to immortalize an ever-growing assortment of muses, each image a sugar-dusted memento of an eerie world in a simpler time.’









For more visit:
KateOBrienCreative.com,
EyeCandyfortheBrokenHearted (Flickr)
and iCandy (Live Journal).

49 comments:

TERI REES WANG said...

Aah, could you just imagine if we could insert our real Self into these surreal portrait scenes...?!


Would be Sweet.

Gabbi said...

~ Exactly what I was fantasizing about as a made the post dear Teri! (Thank you) ♥

Elizabeth Marie said...

"bottled candy bliss"

I love that, these are amazing Gabbi! XO

Mujer imperfecta said...

Esta fotógrafa es todo un descubrimiento, me encanta.

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

These are charming. I like the last one especially.

muchlove said...

These are fabulous! They look so... perfect.
Thanks for sharing :)

Chrisy said...

Gorgeous photos...must go and find out more about this photographer...ta for sharing...

_nina_malvada_ said...

ooh..i'm definitely going to search fot her asap..

lovely photos.. :)


(thank you thank you for your nice comments!!!:$:$)

Putri Erdisa said...

these all great! i love O'brien, just now! LOL. :D

Amelia said...

I'm usually not into pictures that are so highly edited and pristine, but these are really nice. I love the concepts behind them.

Hey Harriet said...

I feel so silly for not having heard of Katie o'Brien before now as she resides in the same city as me and everything! And Brisbane is not a huge city! Thanks so much for sharing her amazing work. I'm going to explore those links! :)

Cindy said...

Nice nice nice :)

miriam said...

wow, i love the 1st and 3st image. i haven't heard of her earlier, hopping over to her flickr page now!

natalie said...

Beautiful photographs! Love the last one especially!

Planet Mondo said...

'mazing Gabbi- love the clarity. I recognise the 'musle woman' one from somewhere - an ad' or album cover I think? Have I mentioned UK photographer Martin Parr, well worth a peep..

Rebecca said...

These are so gorgeous!! Wouldn't it be fun to be friends with her, and get in on these amazing photo shoots? :)

drollgirl said...

faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! i ADORE these photographs!!!!!!!!

SPECTACULAR find!!! she is knew to me, and i am in LOVE! LOVE IT!!!

yiqin; said...

So cool! I love he polka dot scarf as a headpiece.

LiLu said...

Oh, wow. I LOVE the expressions... these are just lovely.

michellehendra said...

aww.. gorgeous expressions.. lovely photographs :)

xx

Claradevi said...

These are stunning! I especially love the whimsical sphere from the 2nd, 4th and last photos - but the bright, daring tones of the other two are also intriguing. I'll check the rest photographs for sure. Thank you for sharing this to us :)

down and out chic said...

oooh, very nice find gabbi. you're right, these are eerily perfect.

Polished Sense said...

These are amazing photos! Loving all of them !

♡,
Jessica

Katerina said...

Amazing pictures!!!!I do prefer pictures with real women!!!!That's what I call beauty!!!xx

Pen Pen said...

WOWser!!!!
She's incredible! and I LOVE ur description- "bottled candy bliss"!!!!
MAGICAL!!!

Dream Sequins said...

Gorgeous images. They're thought-provoking in ways that normal fashion editorials don't touch.

Diana said...

I love your description of her. I have yet to try self portraits, or just portraits in general but she is a real inspiration.

Sam said...

I've not heard of this wonderful photographer before - and she's an Aussie too! These are gorgeous Gabbi They are sort of modern but other worldly at the same time - what a spotlessly clean and tidy and beautiful style she has! Thank you so much for bringing her work to my attention! Have a lovely week sweetie!XX

Iva said...

WOW Gabbi!! these are beautiful! I love the strength behind these perfect images. So stunning. So much thought behind these shots. I truly am intrigued. Thank you so much for these!

Ariella said...

oh, your blog is so pretty!

Those photos are insanely pretty.

Nubiasnonsense said...

Nice pics, Love the ones with the light bulb cool effect

Kelley Anne said...

These are so dreamy and wonderful. I need to read up on taking portraits so that I can improve my photos...thanks for the inspiration:)

Sang said...

i've never seen such beautiful pictures.
thanx for sharing the website!
i'm looking at them right now ;)

Keith said...

Hey Gabbi. Wow. Those are incredible. I was going to try to pick out a favorite, but it's so hard. Thanks for sharing these with us. Cheers!

Lisa said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Very inspiring and beautiful

muchlove said...

I've given you an award :)

Quixsa said...

Thank you so much for featuring such a fantastic, creative lady. Such wonderful pictures.

Crystal Ball said...

I love the remake of Rosie the Riveter. These are all so perfect. Their skin looks like a porcelain.

Brinja said...

Gorgeous photos! I especially like number one:)

Certain Creatures said...

These photos are wonderful.. especially the third one! kinda funny!
Hope you are having a lovely day dear gabbi!
til soon
Francesca
x

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous gals, genius photos! I especially am drawn to the last one!

Hope you have an amazing weekend, darling Gabbi! Thanks for all your thoughtful comments ~ you are the sweetest!

xoxox,
CC

The Cottage Cheese said...

Wow, her photographs are absolutely beautiful! I love her re-creation of Rosie the Riveter.

suzannah said...

oh, these pictures are so lovely and inspiring! also, your blog is so lovely too, i love the design to it ♥

Clau! said...

Great pictures ;)

Maddie said...

these are fantastic, i would love to do a stylized shoot like this sometime! lovely, thanks for sharing :)

The Haute-Shopper said...

I love these... they're slightly surreal but not in an overly bizarre way. I'm fascinated by her integration of the black gloves in the last two shots... such a contrast to the soft tones and romantic setting. Thanks for sharing these - I'll definitely check out more via the links you listed!

Kristin said...

I love Rosie shot! Such fab images.

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