“I’ve always pursued art in some form or another. In fact, it would be fair to say that my spare time has more or less been consumed by drawing, painting, music or photography since I was old enough to grasp a pencil and drag it across a sheet of paper. Photography however, has always held a special place for me. As long as I can remember, I’ve not been able to pass a coffee table full of magazines or books without taking the time to flip through and look at the photographs inside.”
Adrian O’Brien is a Commercial and Fine Art Photographer, based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada. His continued, parallel work on both commercial and personal projects has allowed him to use the two forms of expression to take each to the utmost level often blending the disciplines to define his unique style. Finding commercial success in the entertainment sector has allowed Adrian to photograph the likes of ACDC, Slash, Alice In Chains, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Danny DeVito, Metallica, Motley Crue, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mike Tyson, Foo Fighters, The Killers and many more. His portraits and live concert photographs have been published worldwide. On corporate assignments, he has had the opportunity to work with numerous, large public and private corporations, providing images that depict the vast potential of mining and exploration projects in distant locales. His portraits of Corporate Executives have graced the covers of numerous well known financial magazines.
His personal works do not easily fall into one category, and would best be described as a collection of land, ocean and city-scapes with a touch of abstract. A collection of his photographs were featured during Vancouver’s 2010 FMA Awards (Fashion-Music-Art Awards). His successful 2010 Exhibition – “Rivers” explored 26 of British Columbia’s prolific yet troubled salmon and steelhead bearing streams, photographed over a 5 year period. The project was recognized by the Province of British Columbia for the role it played in creating awareness for the issues facing Pacific Salmon. Proceeds from the collection continue to go toward stream habitat rehabilitation projects throughout BC. He creates his personal works in a fairly traditional manner, working solely in black and white.