"Moving beyond literal representation, I use the camera to interpret the world — a place, a feeling, or an experience. I hope the resulting images challenge the viewer to look again at what passes in front of them, transcending the surface to reach the essence. That's what excites me. It keeps me in the moment, one moment at a time. From beach scenes and mountain vistas, to urban scenes that reflect back to me, I offer these calming, reassuring photographs as simple hope in our ever-changing world."
Beth O'Donnell has studied photography at the Evanston Art Center in Evanston, Illinois, the International Center for Photography in New York City. Her photojournalistic work in Africa, for which she spent two months in 2000 working in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, was published in The London Daily Telegraph and Marie Claire magazines. She has also been published in The Financial Times and has appeared twice as a guest on Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen Network, for "Angels in the Slums" and "AIDS and Orphans".
O'Donnell exhibited work at the United Nations in conjunction with the Istanbul +5 Conference and her photographs have been auctioned at several major philanthropic events around the United States. She is currently represented by Distant Origin in New York, Holly Hunt, both in Miami and New York, NIBA Home in Miami, Henry Beguelin in Aspen, Chicago, Los Angeles, Malibu, San Francisco, and Renee Fotouhi Fine Art in New York.