Michael James O’Brien’s client list reads like a “Who’s Who” of the publication, fashion, and art worlds. It doesn’t surprise us either, particularly when we see a photograph like the one he has so generously shared with us above! We’re immediately struck by the broader strokes— the twilight iridescence, a somber sea, distant islands, and the looming silhouette of a steeply ascending Positano shoreline. It is only when we look closer, however, that we see what we might have initially overlooked: a foreground dotted with seemingly miniscule fishing vessels and watercraft. Here, O’Brien has captured an image with a truly surprising juxtaposition of scale that captivates both the eye and mind, reminding us of how fragile our presence is amidst the vast splendor of the natural world.
O’Brian is currently Contributing Editor of the award-winning Departures magazine. You can also see more of O’Brien’s work on his website at www.michaeljamesobrien.com.