Joseph O’Neill presents Urban Abstract, a new photography exhibition running from March 1 to March 25, at the Phoenix Gallery, 548 W. 28th St., 10001
New York-based photographer Joseph O’Neill, whose work has appeared in U.S. Embassies In Muscat, Oman and Riga, Latvia, will present his work at a new show in the Phoenix Gallery on New York City’s West Side.
With his camera, O’Neill looks to illuminate things that are easily overlooked. ”I use my lens to look at details, offering a play of reflection, light, and shadow that happens naturally when someone is walking past the same building looking it up and down,” he says. “My lens attempts to freeze that moment when a viewer first notices something unique but might not have time to stop and take proper note.”
Shooting in black-and-white, O’Neill isolates subtle details of texture, light, and space. “I found that I could focus a viewer of my work into the eyes of a subject, to allow viewers to look as differently upon the world in which they live as I might,” he says. “I notice objects and scenes that were obscure, making me realize I had been missing large parts of the world around me.” O’Neill’s black-and-white photography earned him an Honorable Mention at last year’s Monochrome Awards in the Abstract category.