GET TO KNOW ME: HANNAH O'BRIEN

I’m Hannah, I’m 24 and I am based in Devon, England.

My main passion in life is photography and it truly keeps me going through the toughest of times.

It can be somewhat difficult to get out to pursue my photography at times, due to being a long time sufferer of severe M.E and various other chronic problems, which means I’m bed bound 95% of the time and the rest of the time I’m hoisted out of bed into my wheelchair to go out and seize those photographic opportunities as much as I possibly can.

I’m a hybrid shooter, so I shoot both digital and film. The camera that induces the most excitement in me to shoot though, is my newly acquired Yashica Mat TLR. This was my first time delving into medium format photography and the few times I’ve been able to get out to explore with this particular camera I’ve loved every minute of shooting with it, despite it being a very different experience using a TLR, due to the waist level viewfinder.

I find film such an interesting format of photography and I enjoy it so much more than when I’m shooting with digital. The warmth you get from the images and the whole different feel I seem to get whilst shooting.

I adore shooting quite a mix of photographic genres, my main interests are- landscape, architecture, portraits, botanicals and concert photography.

I’ve been fascinated by this particular art form since a young age and my love and passion for it has only grown over the years. Simply having an outlet such as photography, that I can really get lost in and put my heart and soul into, means the absolute the world.

My main focus in photography currently, project wise, is one of which I’ve been meticulously planning out for about a year, but unfortunately I haven’t been well enough to get out in my wheelchair to pursue it.

Then, a little while ago, I was asked to exhibit some of my work at a wonderful local arts festival outside of Exeter, which will be taking place in July. And this project that I had been planning was the perfect fit for the arts festival and where I’ll be showcasing my work.

After unfortunately having to miss out on so many opportunities due to my chronic illnesses, I’m beyond grateful to start work on this particular one this week and to have my work exhibited is something I’m over the moon about and truly can’t wait to put the work in and get started with this long awaited project.

I’ve chosen to work with medium format film for this particular project, as it’s what I’m most excited about in photography right now. More specifically, my beloved Yashica Mat will be my project camera. I’ve chosen film and medium format in particular, as the way in which it really makes me slow down within myself whilst shooting and savour each and every shot on that roll is so important for me in photography generally, but most especially for such a special piece of work like this.

It’d be amazing to connect with more of you in this great photography community, so here are some links to my work:

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