About

Ed O'Keeffe photographer
Portrait of photographer Ed O’Keeffe
My name is Ed O’Keeffe. I’ve been taking photographs for as long as I can remember. Photography is my passion. Thank you for visiting my website and taking an interest in my photographs.

Discovering photography

Family remember me as a five year old, setting up my camera and tripod on a street in Cork, Ireland. Long story short, the traffic stopped to watch this little boy taking pictures. I don’t know where the black and white film is, to confirm the story. By the age of nine, my dad had taught me the basics of film developing and printing in the darkroom.
 
Before long my dad became interested in digital photography. At first with Adobe Photoshop 5 and a film scanner. As a geeky teenager, I was keen to see what Photoshop could do. What my father had taught me about photography, I started to teach him about computers.
 
In 2005, we got a 5 megapixel digital compact camera. I started taking thousands of pictures. Now that the “film” was free it was so liberating to be able to experiment. Seeing the results in real time on the back of the camera.

Sharing ideas

My uncle Michael sat down over the Christmas holidays in 2001 to teach me the basics of HTML. We hadn’t even got the internet in our house at this point. Less than a year later, I was online and publishing ugly websites on Yahoo’s Geocities.
 
In high school a friend started a web hosting company. I got my first .com domain and started helping him out with website and graphic design.
 
Over the next few years, I wanted to show people the art and design work from school. By 2005, I was sharing my photographs online. At first as galleries from the various places I had been with the camera. My friend Aidan suggested sharing my photographs in a blog format and this site started.
 
This website has been running in it’s current form since 2007. It now has over 2500 of my original photographs published here.

Today

Since leaving England in July 2012. I’ve explored over 20 countries and dozens of cities. I’ve also been back to the UK 6 times over the last few years.
 
I’m now living in Wellington, New Zealand and continuing to explore the world with my camera.

Random facts

  • I’ve flown a Cessna 172 aircraft (including take off and landing).
  • I’ve been to London, Paris, Manchester and New York in the same weekend.
  • I have no brothers or sisters, but many great cousins.
  • I snorkelled in Maya Bay, Thailand.
  • My mother passed away when I was 15 months old.
  • I have a degree in design and art direction.
  • I worked on at a TV station on a drama show.
  • I stood on the 124th floor of the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa, Dubai).
  • I went to speech and drama school almost every Saturday for 13 years.
  • I once walked 60 miles in over 24 hours (Bogle Stroll).
If you have any questions or comments please contact me. I would love to hear from you and reply to every message.
 
This page was last updated in June 2018