behind the lens: brittany o'brien
INTERVIEW BY LAUREN ARMAO
When/what was your first introduction to photography? Have you always been into art or was it just a random hobby you picked up?
I was first introduced in high school. I was the kid who ran around with the point and shoot camera and documented everything my friends were doing. I still have like 30 albums on Facebook. Eventually I figured out how to turn that skill into a productive form of work.
When did you become interested in concert photography? When did you realize it was something you could turn into a career, and how did you make the leap from shooting local shows to being a tour photographer?
My interest in music photography followed on the heels of me spending all of my time and money at concerts. You could always find me at a show...and with my friends who were in bands. I made the leap into touring photography after my friends in Finish Ticket got offered a tour with Twenty One Pilots in 2015. I went and did some of the shows with them and fell in love with the idea of being on the road. Finish Ticket took me on their next few tours after that and I started meeting people in the industry that way.
How would you describe your style as a photographer?
Documentary. I very much like to be in the shadows observing people and capturing their quirks. I like to capture moments as they happen as opposed to creating moments.
What career milestone/accomplishment are you most proud of?
My first European tour was a huge accomplishment for me. I went with K.Flay to the EU last April and it was one of the coolest things I'll ever do. We were opening arena shows for Imagine Dragons every night. Wandering the streets of Europe all day and shooting photos... to watching arenas fill up at night... really nothing cooler.
what’s your favorite photo you’ve ever taken?
Super hard to say. I have a few in mind as I type this. I've attached one of my all time favorites below. It's of Rainbow Kitten Surprise.
If you could only shoot with one medium - digital or film - for the rest of your life, which would you choose and why?
Film!! Though I currently don't shoot as much film as I'd like - I would love to only shoot film forever. It feels more genuine and emotional to me. It's warm and full of life and embodies the shot you created while looking through the viewfinder. Something digital can never create in the same way.
Besides photography, what else are you passionate about?
Very passionate about the state of the planet. Would love to be more involved in the process of protecting our land, our earth, our trees.
Also big into short films, redwood forests and Hearthstone.
What are your goals for 2019?
Would love to get to Australia this year. Maybe direct a music video (with a real budget!)