Patrick O’Toole is a fine art photographer specializing in landscape, lifestyle and travel images.
Photography has always been my sanctuary, my place of healing and spiritual replenishment. I am forever fascinated and rewarded by the process of blending science, technology and vision to capture the world’s beauty. I learned the technical aspects of photography through my military and federal law enforcement career but now use those skills to navigate past some very dark memories—crime scenes, 9/11 body recovery, Afghanistan—in pursuit of an altogether brighter present where my art can revel in the epiphanous splendor of the world around us.
My passion for travel informs much of the imagery I capture. Landscapes, lifestyles and travel vignettes predominate. Languages, foods, architecture and personal connections with people are what inspire the images themselves.
I was raised by a painter and as a result often visited the museums and galleries of New York City. I think that early formative influence is reflected in my photographs’ painterly style. My eye is drawn to vibrant colors and I am fascinated by the nuanced interplay of natural light with my imagery. In photography of course light is everything. And so it is not unusual for me to suddenly change course while driving through a foreign land as I lose myself in the chase for the ephemeral experience of particularly intriguing source of illumination.
I am pleased to share the fruits of such experiences with my audience as I strive to capture a meaningful sense of time and place and character within my art.