Olivia grew up on a small island just south of Iceland. Because this land was so tiny, Olivia & her fourteen brothers and sisters were the only inhabitants. They passed the years learning to weave tall tales, fabricate huge lies, and perfect half-truths.
It was only on her first outing outside of her native habitat that she discovered the wonderful little box that captures pictures. The year was 2004, and whilst on a trip to the small town, referred to by some as “New York”, a camera fell from the sky, hit her across the head, and left her unconscious for weeks. Upon emerging from her comatose state, Olivia became obsessed with the magnificent object that left her somewhat brain damaged and still bruised to this day! (Prior to that fateful day when she was sent a gift from the heavens, she’d never seen a camera, nor ever had her picture taken. To this day, she’s only been photographed three times—and two of these pictures are of the “not safe for work” variety.)
In the last three years, she’s started learning how to use the camera and is quite pleased with the results. She hardly knows what she’s doing half the time, and usually just accepts what the camera gives her, but she has a lot of fun doing it, and that is most important to her. Her photos have been showcased around the world, much to her surprise and amazement. (And for the record, the locations of Kentucky, Los Angeles, Chicago, Amsterdam, & Hong Kong constitute “around the world” for Olivia.)
She is highly inspired by so many fellow Flickr people on a daily basis. They’ve helped her grow and learn, but mainly they’ve just mocked and humiliated her into a submissive state where she’s learned to just accept anything they have to say.
In her spare time, Olivia loves brushing her teeth, smashing television sets (both new and used), befriending zebras, and she's recently begun the exhausting task of ending all her spoken sentences with prepositions.
Olivia greatly despises all forms of undergarments and canned fruits, dislikes any photographs that were taken underwater (so don't expect her to like yours) and she thoroughly detests anyone who speaks about themselves in the third person.
"The best camera is the one you have with you"
More places to see Olivia:
JPG Magazine (Issue 10)
Toy Camera dot com
Create : Fixate (July, 2008)
18th Street Art Center, BAM: Beer, Art, & Music Festival (October, 2010)
CreativeLA, Bergamot Station, Los Angeles (June, 2011)
eleven by eleven, Los Angeles (December 2011)
Artistic Uprising, Los Angeles (November 2011)
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"Your pictures inspire me!"
19th July, 2009
"Olivia shoots in a style that I really enjoy, but her work goes beyond the norm in her clever and beautiful captures that use color in ways that I find interesting and refreshing. I also really enjoy her diptychs, which fit together nicely without seeming conventional.
It's simply a joy to look at her work again and again."
24th December, 2008
"Olivia, it's time I give you an edit!
Okay!! So I must say you're probably one of the most sweetest Flickr friends I've got on here! Your photos are top Notch and awesome. The bright wide-awakening beautiful colors your photographs contain are THE best! Sometimes, I wish you lived closer to me or something because when I view your images they convince me quite well, to just move there! and also, everytime you view my photostream you leave me such wonderful comments, which inspire me to do some more I just give you a big big BIG H U G to thank you!! Haha, one day though!, I will give you the biggest hug ever, because since I got this Flickr account there hasn't been ONE day where i've never felt inspired to do pictures, but because of you I've just been hooked onto this site and well, you know what happens from there! :D You're the best :)
Love, Desi :D"
8th September, 2008
"really great pictures, nice to drop by and be amased. This is my first testimonial uhh so yes ... great pictures olivia :)"
5th September, 2008
cycℓops (mjlearmouth) says:
"I love Oℓivia (well, kinda sort of, but in a virtual platonic way). Is my wife reading this? Half stop."
26th August, 2008
Sabrina Banta says:
"She has very original photos and has a great eye! I love all the concepts to her photo and the compositions. Lovely work. I look forward to seeing her growing photostream which is already remarkable!"
4th August, 2008
" learning to weave tall tales, fabricate huge lies, and perfect half-truths.
this land sounds like heaven, the place we all yearn to be"
14th June, 2008
"Olivia constantly inspires me. Her work pushes me out of my comfort zone in search of trying new things. Thanks Olivia!"
20th May, 2008
"I testify that,
a) Olivia has an incredible sense of her surroundings;
b) Olivia has the ability to channel this sense into her photos; and
c) Olivia makes me go "Oooooooh!!" every time I see her do it!
I further testify that her diptychs make me envious. (It's true!)"
10th April, 2008
"Olivia takes great photos and generally rocks. Period. I also can't believe I haven't written a testimonial about her yet!"
10th April, 2008
"Olivia's photo stream is inspired and a testament to her skill with the camera and an extraordinary vision. Her profile is one I've had to come back to on multiple occasions simply because her wit makes me chuckle. She is the epitome of what one would want in a Flickr contact, and I am shocked it's taken me this long to get around to writing her a testimonial."
11th March, 2008
Andrea [bah! la realtà!] says:
"olivia is funny, full of fantasy and ingenuity, often surreal, never repetitive.
she deserves to be in the annals of photography.
she's the granddaughter every grandma should have (except grandma would never know whether her sight is going bad or olivia's photos are a bit wacko).
olivia is also a sweet person.
but most of all, she has the bestest yellows and greens in the world!"
21st November, 2007
"I think she is the sweetest woman of the entire world!! She is one of the first person I met here on flickr and I felt immediately in love with her work. Her images draw perfectly all the beauty in her eyes and the stories she write are hilarious and really enjoyable!!
Olivia es un hermoso lío.
Olivia es un tremendo río.
Olivia es un hermoso lío.
Olivia es un profundo río."
19th October, 2007
moonpies for misfits says:
"Can I just say Olivia is a kick ass super photo ninja who uses her uncanny sense of humor and some photo wizardry to make me smile and laugh?
I sure hope I can."
27th September, 2007
"If I didn't live here, .olivia's pictures would beSoCal, for me. I do live here, though, and therefore .olivia's pictures are instead like dreams that feel much more real than reality. It's just something technical about colours and grain and other things I don't understand properly, I suppose, but I think one day when I've been gone for a long while I'll start "remembering" SoCal as looking like these pictures."
26th September, 2007
"Olivia takes pictures of things that I would pass right by without a second thought, and makes them interesting. It's very irritating though because I wish I could do that. And speaking of irritating...what's with all the testimonials. Sheesh!"
9th September, 2007
"much like an old burnt out superman trying to shoot his dust on the sun, Olivia's photos are always inspiring. If talent were bricks she could build a (brick) house."
31st August, 2007
Ben Ryerson says:
"Browsing thru Olivia's photos is like taking a trip back to all those happy memories I have from my childhood. Everything here has this wonderful warm, inviting feeling about it. She has a knack for using her toy cameras and thrift store cameras to create images that beat out anything that comes from a $5000 "pro" camera; her work perfectly illustrates the idea that cameras are just tools and you don't have to have the most expensive rig on the block to be wonderful photographer.
Plus she's got a kickin' sense of humor and appreciates the Muppets on a much deeper level than you.
15th August, 2007
"There are stars In the southern sky, and .olivia.'s shines brightly!
She can be a breeze of saturated colors or charged energy of textured cinematography. I'm smitten with her visual perspective."
12th August, 2007
"Olivia is a supercool girl with a very special eye. I really enjoy her work and is one of my favorites at Flickr. Her pictures are truly beauty and well done, also you smile watchin this place because you can see a fine sense of humor.
Her comments are always very clever, there is no doubt Olivia is such a smart girl and awesome photographer."
25th July, 2007
"Sure, her icon shows only 15 percent of her head, but don't let that fool you; Olivia is 100 percent artist and 3 billion percent woman. Although her photos may seem meticulously composed, nothing could be further from the truth; Olivia snaps pictures intuitively, before she even knows what she's looking at...sometimes, before she even touches the camera. She's even been known to produce pictures of long-dead presidents and yet-to-be-born celebrities. Now that's talent."
10th July, 2007
eight double says:
".olivia. is so flickr famous, that the last time you came here and saw those heartbreaking words, "Flickr is having a Massage"... it was just the tech support people adding a new mass data storage device to handle her comment load.
you rule, you!"
5th July, 2007
Elle Moss says:
"olivia's photographs are some of the most unique photographs you will find on flickr. just look at her avatar. she is uninhibited and unafraid when it comes to photography and i am constantly inspired by her images."
30th June, 2007
"I was going to say something about how creative and talented Olivia is, but she has way too many glowing testimonials. So, instead I will make up some negatives, to balance it out:
She is creepy and stalkerish, she talks with her mouth full, and she sings Michael Bolton songs in her sleep. The only positive thing I can say is that her comments and flickr mail crack me up :)"
16th June, 2007
"Olivia's photos are all about moods. They remind me of what makes me love photography so much in the first place, capturing emotions and images that make you think. She is pretty much brilliant. I love her work a lot. :)"
31st May, 2007
"olivias is a photographer, whos love of the craft is shown in every frame. she has an original, creative style that is second to none.takeing ordinary life and showing it with extrodinary results and attention to detail.useing a simple toy camera, she pulls out all the stops and handles herself like a true pro.mad props goes out to olivia, and her goodie bag of eye candy."
22nd May, 2007
"Today I was looking at one of Olivia's many excellent photos, and noticed a comment by user pinkie style: "every camera and every shot turns into magic in your hands." I couldn't agree more. Olivia turns some of the most mundane everyday shots (an arrow on a road, a grouping of telephone wires, a fire hydrant) into something absolutely extraordinary."
18th May, 2007
"When her role is unfurled, she will show you the world!
This Testimonial should be sung to the tune of "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" performed by Groucho Marx in "At the Circus"
Olivia O-livia, say have you met Olivia,
Olivia, the Camera-D Lady.
She has eyes for what folks adore so,
And a body of work even more so.
Olivia O-livia, that encyclopidia,
Olivia Queen of the toy Camer-oo.
On her site she posts pics of zero to one hundred and two.
Beside it the photos of a ghost ship, boo.
And proudly displays walks from the beach to the zoo,
You can learn a lot from Olivia.
La la la, la la la, la la la, la la la"
17th May, 2007
"I remember your, mine and Robert`s first steps in photography. We were all taking pics in the library and showing each other. Then i stopped taking pics for a while. Look what happened u are inspiring me now to be a good photographer like you."
13th May, 2007
Kat White says:
"What can I say? She constantly inspires me..."
3rd May, 2007
"The best flickr-icon ever."
22nd April, 2007
I have brought you some things that I know they will be a pleasure for you:
a small box of clouds,
a thermos flask of blue-sky,
two ships pirate of chocolate,
some candies to tell half-truths,
a scuba-camera to be given in meal to the fishes,
a little pocket-TV,
a bed of whipped cream for sleeping and to softly daydream,
14 pairs of new shoes for her fourteen brothers and sisters,
a coat of tissue-paper for your warmer days,
a pair of x rays-glasses for your fun,
a little zebra hand-colored,
a big tree fruit for your fresh fruit salad...
so, I hope you dont eat candies all in once be careful it's dangerous!
thank you .Olivia. for your so palatable and beautiful "dreamland "!!!"
20th April, 2007
last mariner says:
"olivia is a wonderfully absurd and beautiful look at the everyday."
16th April, 2007
"Besides being a very good photographer, she also writes very well!
The story is delicious!
12th April, 2007
"Olivia has some of the most important characteristics (IMHO) a photographer should and that simply shines across her stream. Fun and funny, candy and candid. Humbly she learns her way through the establishment only to reach photographic samadhi."
7th April, 2007
29th March, 2007
"she has wonderfully delightful photographs, i haven't seen one yet that i don't love. her photostream is one giant batch of creativity. lovely person as well! :)"
21st March, 2007
Tool Face says:
"Her photos are so beautiful they make me want to cry. No wait, that's my bipolar disorder."
21st March, 2007
"olivia's eye for color has crayola, pantone and sherwin-williams all green with envy. the soup is pretty good too."
2nd March, 2007
"Olivia has one of the best foreheads I've ever seen on Flickr, nay not just here but anywhere!
She also has a pungent potpourri of eclectic photography, if I may be so bold as to use a slant rhyme. Take some time to peruse her photos, there are many gems."
7th February, 2007
"Olivia has a wonderfully unique way of conveying her creativity. I always enjoy her end results, as they are surely going to leave a smile on my face!"
29th January, 2007
"I just like Olivia's way of seeing the world....an honest interpretation of seeing with all honesty and positive outlook :)"
22nd January, 2007
"Why are you still reading these testimonials? Go put Olivia's stream in your feedreader so you don't miss a single shot...duh!!!"
18th January, 2007
Damned Thing says:
"Olivia sees beyond the normal appearance of things. Here's someone who can see not only how objects and people have real context within their surroundings, but how even their fragmented details can exist independently and create their own context. She's also funny, kind, compassionate, talented, witty, has nice hair, does all her own stunts and loves nothing better than doing the robot dance naked (except for her socks) whenever American Idol is on TV. An original."
17th January, 2007
"Olivia discovered to me the flickr world and she always make me get ansious to take my cam with me wherever Igo and take so many shots as I can, without think, just shot, because she is my muse and I need her comments, because with them I learn every day more and more. thank you Ol!!! I'm glad to consideer her my friend."
14th December, 2006
"I love to visit Olivia's stream. Each time I have good time with her and her unique eye.
She brings another perspective on what she's touching and she's touching my mind ...
she's convey emotion in an amazing and creative way.
Olivia is like good vitamin for my brain."
10th December, 2006
Isabel Nunez says:
"Olivia. is fabulous, what can I say? Her photostream is filled with a mix of creativity that can only come from super mind and spirit. She's fun, funny, kind, witty, caring...and much more. All of this shines through what shares with us through Flickr. I am lucky to be able to witness such creative beauty. Thank you, Olivia. The pleasure is truly all mine."
24th November, 2006
Devin Oatway says:
"A sweet, kind person, and an amazing photographer. I suggest you take the time to look through Olivia's stream. It is worth it. Thank you for your work, Olivia!"
18th October, 2006
"Since finding Olivia on flickr my days have brightened and the birds started singing again. I discovered her in Spring. How fitting."
5th October, 2006
"With your pictures, you tell great stories ! I can't go on Flickr without have a look to Olivia's Stream. There's always something great to see, and fav =)
I'm in love with your b/w shots. Shine on !"
28th September, 2006
Lawren Hyder says:
"Whether taking pictures of signs, powerlines, out the window of her speeding car, or just holding it down in her day job as the 1st Lady of G-Unit...
olivia . never disappoints..."
22nd August, 2006
The GC Four says:
"amazing eye and amazing flickr-er, despite what her coments might say!! great stuff!"
22nd August, 2006
"not only her photos are delightful, but olivia is also an extraordinary gal with a nice heart! can you imagine a more beautiful surprise than finding out that somebody just bought you a pro account as a gift?! well it happend to me, and YES, you guessed it, olivia was the one that surprised me!! :))"
3rd August, 2006
"I think Olivia must be a genius. I love all her pictures.. even when I do not understand them lol. I love the way she sees the world and she inspires me"
6th July, 2006
SFP (sir fancee pants) says:
"If you're anything like me, you want to know where your_____ products are coming from. With OLIVIA, you can always rest assure that it's a cut above. I used to think my local _____ provided me with the best quality _____ my brain could handle. Boy, was I mistaken! Since discovering OLIVIA, my entire family has been a whole lot happier. Come on! Stop trying to cheat the devil with those other no-name brands! You owe it to yourself.
OLIVIA is all you need for a happy, more/or less productive lifestyle. From Godzilla to manhole covers, minimalist cup cakes to mini masterpieces, OLIVIA always satisfies. You have my word."
10th April, 2006
"I find myself visiting olivia's photostream every day, and there is always something delightfully humorous, beautiful, and artful around..."
23rd February, 2006
- August 2005
- Los Angeles, California
- I am: