Tom O'Connor's cameras may not be the most expensive contraptions (he mostly uses a Canon PowerShot S95, Digital Rebel T3 with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II zoom lens or, in dire situations, his camera phone's whopping 1.3 megapixels), but he likes to think that he makes up for any such limitation with impulsiveness (he's willing to stand in the middle of the street or in an abandoned building to get the exact right angle).
Recently, Tom got some good news: his first published photo, "Hard Times," has appeared in the Swamp Lily Review. You can view it now in his "Low Down" gallery. Tom's major influence in the world of photography is Ralph Eugene Meatyard, who played masterfully with the formal aspects of photography (e.g., "the pencil of nature") in order to capture fresh emotions, inspirations, and narrative arcs. Like J Henry Fair says, "whether it's Mayan ruins or a ruined factory, they both are icons of the civilization that produced them, and they tell a story." Tom also agrees wholeheartedly with W.J.T. Mitchell who claims that in order to truly grasp the power of images we can't understand them solely as inert objects; instead, we should experience them as beings in their own rights who possess their very own needs, drives, and desires.
When he's not hunting for new pic-worthy locations, Tom is a university professor and poet who wrote a critical book on contemporary poetry and its relationship to new media (Poetic Acts & New Media, UPA 2006). His poetry has been published in MARGIE, Soundings East, Notre Dame Review, Columbia Poetry Review, and Poetry Southeast; his critical articles have appeared in Pedagogy, The Journal of Film & Video, Disability Studies Quarterly, Horror Studies, and the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, among others.