Australian photographer Kate O’Brien’s photos are fantasy snow globes, arranged just so. Not a shiny curl out of place, not a flower askew, they’re bottled candy bliss

An avid collector, Kate finds inspiration everywhere. Online auctions, liquidators and op-shops are her hunting grounds when in search of the perfect piece to finalize her vision. Driven by a deep love of Victoriana and the macabre, Kate often spends years looking for weird and wonderful items to include in her photographs

O’Brien lives in Brisbane with her husband, two cats and five ducks. There she continues to immortalize an ever-growing assortment of muses, each image a sugar-dusted memento of an eerie world in a simpler time.

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    Diana Pinto says:

    "Kate's work is full of color, delightful props, and personality! I really enjoy going through her stream. The quality seems effortless, and yet an obvious effort is put into each piece. Keep it up, dear!"

    February 2nd, 2008

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    periodic wealth says:

    "Ya know. When you're 40-something and you see some talented young kid in knickers start blossoming all over the freakin' place with the humongous amounts of talent and energy as this resourceful artist ,you (if you're me, that is) languish in envy. However, its a sweet kind of envy 'cuz she's is SO darned talented its a pleasure to see her work on my screen. If I had more than two nickels to rub together I might purchase her work for my own living space.

    Wish her well and watch her closely!"

    September 15th, 2007

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    joewonderland says:

    "Nice contemporary artistic photographs - how about that."

    July 10th, 2007

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    (In My Life) says:

    "I don't know who you are eyecandy, but I would do anything to learn your ps skills, humbly, at your feet. I am so so so so wildly impressed. Can I be like you when I grow up?"

    May 26th, 2007

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    angelocesare says:

    "The first case I know: all sets are wonderful, all sets are unique!"

    March 29th, 2007

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    descriptive control says:

    "Jealous of everything this girl makes! She absolutely rocks. Such an eye for color and drama."

    March 23rd, 2007

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    Aristocrat says:

    "Kate o'brien is my role model in photography. I want to become like her someday. or can I?

    She makes a whole movie in a single shot, She makes fantasies so real that I can stretch my arm and touch them. She is Broadway in a nutshell. Her imagination is an explosion of cup cakes, pudding, chocolate, girls, costumes and makeup. I wonder what would it be like to live in her world!"

    February 22nd, 2007

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    Martin's Pixels & Words & Resistance says:

    "I enjoy visiting this truly is eye candy....The portraits have great sensitivity and senses of humor...Her work just makes sense."

    February 11th, 2007

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    Theremina says:

    "Eee! Tis you! One of the shiniest shinies in all of Flickrdom."

    December 21st, 2006

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    FotoRita [Allstar maniac] says:

    "The Queen of Flickr and Photography.
    Baby, you are the BEST!"

    December 5th, 2006

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    objecthoags says:


    Breaking free of the B&W portrait. Rich and sumptuous work."

    November 6th, 2006

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    thaumatrope says:

    "Absolutely, without a doubt, one of the most interesting, clever and ingenious artists I've chanced to find through Flickr. Looking at your photographic work is always a pleasure and an inspiration. Never ever stop."

    October 7th, 2006

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    molcatron says:

    "i love your work, great portraits, amazing colors, youre great : ) the color queen yeeiiiii hehehe"

    September 27th, 2006

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    Plurp says:

    "She lived her life as a coin-operated girl, and died of quarter-dollar embolism."

    August 17th, 2006

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    fast mint says:

    "I love your work! fantastic stuff."

    August 14th, 2006

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    - Kemaha - says:

    "Kate is a goddess, magician, spell weaver and just plain amazing. She oozes talent and style and every image that she posts is just too fantastic. I'm keepin my eye on you Kate, you'll reach dizzy heights and no doubt be whopping all the way."

    July 17th, 2006

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    Dave - aka Emptybelly says:

    "Kate takes fantastic portraits - always full of colour, texture, light and life... It is always a delight to look through her latest photos..."

    June 10th, 2006

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    prickly railway says:

    "No matter the setting, her images evoke emotions that we all can relate to. Vibrant colors and detailed sets make the images all the more enjoyable."

    April 12th, 2006

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    luxeteria says:

    "Cindy Sherman has nothing on her. What's pop art is what's now, and eyecandyforthebrokenhearted is now!"

    March 2nd, 2006

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    mord says:

    "Candy indeed, of the very best kind, its like a full 3 course dinner for the eyes, the models, dresses and Kates photography are simply amazing, and the best bit ? Kate herself, I cant see anyone not wanting to keep coming back to this stream again and again."

    February 28th, 2006

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    mohawk says:

    "A creative dynamo! talent in full flow!
    Her time is is now!!"

    January 8th, 2006

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    Sapphie says:

    "I totally want to hang out with you."

    January 3rd, 2006

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    Mei Todd says:

    "kate is one of the most creative artists i have seen!
    she never ceases to amaze me!!


    December 28th, 2005

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    Emiko Hime says:

    "More gifted than a spoiled rich child on Christmas, Kate's work is purely amazing. Her photos all have a certain rapture about them and you always find something new when visiting her photos! Being one the best on Flickr, she is sure to amaze!!"

    October 17th, 2005

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    theoreticalgirl says:

    "what else can i say other than your images leave me speechless. incredible."

    October 15th, 2005

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    adiar says:

    "i fond of this gallery at the first time i browse around here
    keep up all the great work ;)"

    October 9th, 2005

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    str8dyme says:

    "She's the bomb!"

    August 17th, 2005

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    Helena-Reet says:

    "Kate O'Brien****
    I just love her pictures!
    Keep going sweetie!
    Helena-Reet Ennet

    August 12th, 2005

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    reflective store says:

    "What should i saY.! most of my favourites r ur pics =D.,
    ur fabulous u have the talent of makeup, photography, design actually all the talenT.! Keep it up i hope to see more sweetheart set ^_^"

    July 11th, 2005

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    duchess_47 says:

    "I think you are great. I love your pictures.. i love your make up.. and i think you're wickedly talented... ciao !"

    June 10th, 2005

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    BillyWarhol says:

    "I Love yer Shit!!

    Fabulous Colours!!

    Cheers, Billy Warhol ;))"

    April 21st, 2005

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    getofab says:

    "the girl genius"

    April 19th, 2005

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