Archaeology, conservation, culture, science, food and beer are just a few of the driving factors behind award-winning author and photographer Jim O’Donnell’s twenty-five years of travel. His sometimes aimless wanderings have taken him to over forty countries on five continents and are to blame for the five languages he is sure he can stumble through. His fluency increases the more beer he samples.
He is a single-father to two adventurous young ones who love to hike, fish, star-watch and talk incessantly. O’Donnell is the author of Notes for the Aurora Society: 1500 Miles on Foot Across Finland and Rise and Go.
O’Donnell is also to blame for numerous articles, sordid tales, brilliant observations, half-finished novels, angry letters-to-the-editor and other scribblings.
His work has appeared in National Geographic Maps, New Mexico Magazine, Peaks and Plains, Original World Insights, Perceptive Travel, Ski Country, High Country, Boots-n-All and several anthologies including From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall, Facing the Change and Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why. He can also be found at his website www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com.
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"Our interaction with the land that cradles us preoccupies me.
How and what do we eat? How and what do we drink? How and what do we breathe? Where do we go to recalibrate?
My photography is a multi-purpose tool serving as both mirror and recording device. I at once aim to document my experience and the experience others have of the world and to reflect on the emotional experience of the world as expressed in the culture and the landscape."
I am available for assignments, portraits, tours and lessons.
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All images and text copyright Jim O'Donnell.
No image may be reprinted or used without written permission.