My 32 hour journey from Pflügerstrasse, Berlin to Boyce Rd. Maroubra, Sydney (via London, Singapore and a lot of bad plane food).
The first real day of Spring, and Kreuzbergers descend on Görlitzer Park to celebrate.
A wintery Sunday of great music and a friendly crowd at Prince Charles, Berlin. Thanks to Dan and Lisa from It’s Bigger Than for organising such a fun event – and even better a fundraiser for Save the Children‘s Syria Appeal.
Whistler Summer Lights #1 
Whistler Summer Lights #2 
Whistler Summer Lights #3 
There’s no denying Berlin’s winter is long and hard. From October until April there is an almost total lack of sun, limited hours of daylight, constant below zero temperatures, and a colour palate limited to 50 shades of grey. Some days it feels like winter will never end. But it will, and it does – there is light at the end of the tunnel. So here is an Ode to Winter: grim, bleak, but also full of fragile beauty. A time for hibernation and reflection, shedding of old skins, and preparation for the rebirth of spring.
Weddingmarkt Arts & Culture Market at SUPERMARKT, Wedding.
The cover of TJ Eckleberg‘s new album This Might Feel Like Home, featuring my photography.
This image was shot on Main Street, in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant district in summer 2012.
“Wowereit, das Denkmal bleibt!”
East Side Gallery Demonstration – Berlin, 3 March 2013
If you’re in Berlin from 1-10 February 2013, please join us for Reisen durch das Objektiv, a photography exhibition with works from four Berlin-based photographers, including myself. I will be presenting a selection of six images from the series Oudezijds Voorburgwal 147, shot in The Netherlands in early 2012. Lights from the brothels of De Wallen — Amsterdam’s red light district — reflect off the waters of the city’s oldest canal, Oudezijds Voorburgwal. These reflections are then abstracted through a filter of rain and condensation on glass.
I hope to see you there, Michelle
Reisen durch das Objektiv // Traveling through the Lens
Photography Exhibition & Vernissage
Opening Friday 1 Feb, 19:00-23:00
Four photographers trace their journeys of observation through disparate locations and situations. Although following unique paths, a commonality exists in action – they are compelled to record, to trace and to remember. Their works raise questions of identity, perspective and transformation through exploration.
Vier Fotografen folgen den Spuren ihrer Beobachtungsreisen durch unterschiedliche Orte und Situationen. Obwohl sie eigenständige Wege gehen, gibt es Gemeinsamkeiten in ihren Aktionen – sie verpflichten sich aufzuzeichnen, den Lebensspuren nachzugehen und zu erinnern. Ihre Arbeiten stoßen die Fragen nach Identität, Perspektive und Verwandlung durch Annäherung an.
Sat 2 Feb (12-19), Sun 3 Feb (12-19), Fri 8 Feb (12-19), Sat 9 Feb (12-19) & Sun 10 Feb (12-19)
Retramp Gallery, Reuterstrasse 62, near the U7 & U8 U-Bahn Hermannplatz
Feature image: © Image: Michelle O’Brien, Tears in rain #1 (2012), 40cm x 50cm, C-type print on Kodak Metallic, Edition of 5 (+1 AP). From the series Oudezijds Voorburgwal 147, showing at ReTramp until 10 Feb 2013.
Fog, Polish dumplings, flavoured vodka, pigeons & stylish seniors. A wintery weekend roaming the streets of Krakow.
A wintery trip to Copenhagen to visit my favourite Dane.
It’s a quiet Sunday morning in Neukölln and there’s a sense of impending hibernation in the air. The clock turned back last night and I need gloves for the first time to keep feeling in my fingers. As the sun shines rays of fading warmth and the golden leaves continue their relentless fall, we prepare ourselves psychologically for the long winter months ahead.
A mid-summer weekend in Whistler.
Vancouver out in all its colours for the 2012 Pride Parade.
Three days of great music, great crowd and even better sunsets at Jericho Beach for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
My photo of Moodymann playing an unforgettable (and hedonistic) Mister Sunday party in Brooklyn last summer was featured in Sydney’s Sunday Life Magazine this weekend.
A mid-summer trip through the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the stunning landscapes of Banff National Park, Alberta.