• Hero

    Damien O’ Mara: Airport

Damien O' Mara's award-winning images baffle and bewilder with cinematic flair

Posted by Rob Alderson,

There’s something oddly pleasant about being bamboozled – a certain thrill in not quite being able to work out what the heck’s going on. That’s how I feel looking at Damien O’Mara’s photographs which present suited and booted and figures in a variety of unlikely locations – next to a power plant say or scaling a fence by an airport runway. They’re immediately odd but much more than visual one-liners, composed in such a way to suggest various narrative threads but committing to none. It’s no surprise to learn that the Australian artist is a filmmaker as well as a photographer as there’s a definite cinematic quality to his images – even the long thin dimensions of the works echo the silver screen.

Damien’s work has scooped him the Aesthetica Art Prize so we can only guess the judges enjoyed being bewildered as much as us.

  • Port_sml

    Damien O’ Mara: Port

  • Plant_sml

    Damien O’ Mara: Plant

  • Excavator_sml

    Damien O’ Mara: Excavator

  • Plant_smldetail

    Damien O’ Mara: Plant (detail)

  • Detail

    Damien O’ Mara: Excavator (detail)

  • Sm_0000

    Damien O’ Mara: Swimming Man

  • Sm_0002

    Damien O’ Mara: Swimming Man

  • Sm_0003

    Damien O’ Mara: Swimming Man

  • Sm_0005

    Damien O’ Mara: Swimming Man


Posted by Rob Alderson

Rob joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in July 2011 before becoming Editor-in-Chief and working across all editorial projects including itsnicethat.com, Printed Pages, Here and Nicer Tuesdays. Rob left It’s Nice That in June 2015.