Self portrait, 2016

The world through my eyes

I have traveled to many different countries and I have seen many interesting and extraordinary things.  Through my travels, I have met some incredible people with a desire to survive.  I look for the interesting in the everyday experiences and try to capture life in all its beauty.  I am fond of exploring abandoned and decayed buildings and document the life that used to be there as well as wandering streets and documenting the way everyday people live.  

I have used photography to document events in my life, but I have started to also document life in general and events in other peoples’ lives as well.

Photography is a way for me to document life as it is, so that others can also witness what I have seen.  Sometimes I regret not having a camera with me on my early travels, but I have made up for that by always carrying at least one camera with me at all times.  

I admire the work of Vivian Maier and am sad that her work wasn’t discovered until after her death.  She was a prolific photographer with an eye for composition and always ready with her camera.  Like her, I try to document life around me.  From her, I have learned to always have my camera ready for the shot. 

I have traveled to over 20 countries in my explorations and still have much more to see in the world.  In the past few years, I have focused on photographing the Midwest and life as it is in the United States.  Stay tuned for my next big adventure!  

Catherine O'rourke

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
— Ernest Hemingway
One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
— Henry Miller
Photography helps me freeze a moment in time and preserve it forever.
— Catherine O'Rourke