I’ve been a resident of Oregon for the majority of my life, living along the coast and in the mid-Willamette Valley, where I stayed to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Oregon State University. During this time I focused my efforts on film photography and darkroom techniques. I studied under an adamant modernist, someone who worked with the likes of Ansel Adams and Paul Caponigro, so my desire was always to make the ‘perfect print’. It wasn’t until after I graduated that I realized the way I see the world, and the way photography works within the broader scope of my life, does not denote perfection.

Today, what’s more important for me is to intentionally craft images that are meditative and personal, a reflection of the process that, hopefully, went into making them. What interests me most, working with the effortless intricacies and humble grandeur of nature and humanity, is finding how they represent themselves most fully in a range of light and shadow. What I’ve learned most through my ongoing practice as a photographer is patience, and that, with patience, all things emanate light.

 On a technical note, all of the photographs I take are shot on film. It’s the photographic medium that, for me, is most conducive of introspection and awareness, which are important facets in how photography betters my life.

If you’re interested in purchasing or commissioning work, collaborating on a project, or receiving one-on-one instruction in photography, please contact me at: info@jamesbrandonoshea.com.

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  1. hi james, just want to say thank you for liking my recent photos..
    love your black and white shots.. maybe i should refer to you for some of my photography question 🙂

  2. Nice JB – I like the comment made from the person above also re: “One Lovely Blog Award”… hope you have a great day 🙂

  3. My mom, who is also a fellow photographer, actually told me about you after she stumbled upon your blog while looking at some of Steve McCurry’s work.

    I’m very intrigued with your level of intellectuality and your articulation of your thoughts at the age you are. I’ve been in search of young folks, such as myself, who share the same amount of passion, drive and eagerness to learn and grow, especially through photography, writing and art.

    I am really looking forward to following you and your work. Please don’t hesitate to share more! You already have quite the following. 🙂

    1. I’m flattered! Was looking at some of your work, and some of your portraiture stood out to me. It felt natural and uncontrived, which is not an easy thing to do. Thank you for the comment – always glad to come across people with similar aspirations.

      1. Thank you very much. I really love capturing that essence of people and their individuality. I’ll let you know once I have an actual website up where I’ll add more of my work.

        Keep in touch!

  4. Hello James – I saw you stopped-by my blog today…thank you for doing so…and for letting me know that you were there. Your work is captivating…I love the black and white photos…and the glimpse into your heart when you share your thoughts with words. Thank you for sharing, James. 🙂

  5. Hi James, your blog is one of the six that I have nominated for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Some rules / details are on my site. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Keep up the great work and I am looking forward to reading your blog in 2012.

  6. Beautiful artwork and writing, James. I’m following you, and adding your blog to my blogroll so others can come and see your work also. ~ Julie

    1. I think the title has been there from the start.

      A frame can also mean a photograph, so it basically means this blog sort of an inside view of the work I produce, not just images.

      1. i c. i’m a very shallow reader. i prefer a very straightforward communication so i can be crystal clear on the things writers want to express, instead of me guessing.
        anyway, thanks!

  7. I was recently presented with a Leibster Award by Colddeadheart and I have nominated you to receive one due to the outstanding contribution that you make to the artistic community. Please see my latest post for details. – Brian

  8. I don’t know what happened to your “…a deal of telling…” post, but I was able to read/view it in my email and I enjoyed it very much. The melancholy speaks to me…rather, it resonates deeply within me. Sometimes the words just are, and they are beyond explaining to someone who hasn’t been there, someone who hasn’t had those shadows ’round their heart. If you deleted the post, James, I would encourage you to share it again…unless you simply can’t…and then that’s ok, too. Wishing you well.

    1. Hi Scott, thanks for this comment. I’ll be reposting it sometime in the near future – just the timing wasn’t quite right, if that makes any sense. Hope you’re good too.

      1. Hello again…and you’re welcome, James. I do understand the timing thing…the posts don’t come out of a vacuum, and we’re not offering them up in one, either. I will look for it again….

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