50 Minutes with Pilar O’Connell
Photographing the artists of Seattle Shakespeare Company
Today is one of those days where I feel very blessed for how many beautiful people I have met and worked with over the last year. On top of that, I am incredibly grateful that doing what I love – taking photographs of people – is the element in which I work.
One of my favorite things about photographing people is that moment where I break down the “wall.” For me, the “wall” is my camera as it is the constant heavy barrier separating me and my subjects eyes, hearts and body language. Essentially all our communication. The moment where this square block barrier no longer matters, and ceases to exist in the moment of capture, is my favorite thing in my vocation.
Within moments of first meeting Pilar O’Connell, that wall seemed to disappear with ease. Her beaming smile, sparkling eyes and contagious laughter are qualities that make everyone around her happy and full of joy. Pilar is one of extraordinary beauty, inside and out, that makes me pleased and proud to know.
You can meet this beauty as she plays the widow in “Taming of the Shrew” at Seattle Shakespeare alongside sweetheart Karen Jo Fairbrook opening April 25. I’m really thrilled about this play as it is directed by another one of my favorite women, Aimée Bruneau!
Go see Pilar O’Connell in “Taming of the Shrew”!