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Jim O’Halloran on Flute

Meet Jim O’Halloran–an extremely talented local musician, performing both locally and internationally with numerous groups over the years. 

Jim is currently staying busy while creating music within his own group, the Jim O’Halloran Trio, which consists of Jim, Dean Schmidt on Bass and D’Vonne Lewis on drums. I had the opportunity to watch their trio perform at an intimate venue in Columbia City. They filled the place with sound and excitement, and it was a true pleasure to watch them onstage.
A couple weeks later, Jim came into my Pioneer Square studio for a set of posed portraits. That session might be one of my favorites to date. Not only did I get to learn so much about Jim’s experiences and some of his idols, but I also got my own private concert, which is something I won’t forget.

Before our shoot, I asked Jim a little bit about what he wanted to convey in his portraits.  His response? “Every time I pick up my instrument I make sure there is some connection with something bigger than myself. I remember when hearing both Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett live, it was clear they were channeling-they were a conduit for something bigger than all of us.  That’s my ultimate goal.” – Jim O’Halloran

If you are interested in hearing some samples of Jim’s work head over to CDBaby  or  Sonicbids and take a listen.

 

Self Portraits and Self Perceptions

Like almost all of my clients, I never loved getting in front of the camera. It’s a vulnerable place to be.

I remember a few years ago there was a recorded experiment making the rounds on social media (an ad for Dove, actually–it was genius). It was a forensic artist who was drawing portraits of subjects sitting behind a curtain based just on their own descriptions of themselves. They had to be minutely detailed in describing all the elements of their face. Then they had another person come in to give their own detailed description of the same subject for another portrait. Across the board, the stranger’s description was much more flattering, gentle, and…accurate! From the descriptions the subjects gave about themselves, the artist drew portraits with bulbous noses, uneven eyes, crooked teeth, etc. But in the portraits drawn from the strangers’ descriptions, you didn’t see any of those “imperfections”. They had bright eyes, soft expressions, and warm smiles.

This all goes to say that we could all be a little nicer to ourselves. No one else sees those imperfections that we obsess over–they see the bigger–and much more flattering–picture.

Of course it’s taken me until my late 30s to start being nice to myself. I was inspired to do this set of self portraits because of my grandma’s gorgeous wool coat. I’ve had it since I was a kid, and have always marveled over its beauty–both visual and tactile. It’s traveled around the country with me through so many moves I’d have a hard time even counting them now. All the while, it’s been stationed in my closet–because really, when do we have the opportunity to wear something so bold and extravagant these days?

That’s where portraits come in. When I wear this coat, I feel as though I’m of a different era. I wanted to play up that feeling in a set of self-portraits that would memorialize this sentimental piece of clothing and also document this stage in my life. Late 30s, wife and mother, business owner. Woman who’s finally feeling comfortable in her own skin.