James O’Connell was born in Los Angeles, but has spent much of his formative years wandering the American Southwest. He studied photography and poetry at Emerson College before dropping out. In the summers he worked as a river guide and learned to appreciate not only the landscape for its almost surreal appearance, but also the the mythologies and cultures injected into that landscape. His work is a conversation with the Southwest and the often bizarre artifacts that inhabit the landscape. James has recently relocated to Chicago to continue pursuing his education in photography.