Kramer O’Neill is a Brooklyn-based photographer, animator and editor. He was the 2010 Photo Urbanism Fellow at Design Trust for Public Space; excerpts from that series, Same Time Every Day, are now on display in the Atlantic Avenue subway station in Brooklyn. His first book, Pictures of People and Things 1, was published this summer, and his second, Till Human Voices Wake Us, a series of beach and underwater photographs, will be released in Autumn. He is a founding member of the strange.rs photo collective.
This series, Till Human Voices Wake Us, is a meditation on the joy of being in the water, and how that joy contrasts with the overwhelming power of the ocean. He writes: ‘We give ourselves up to these forces that will someday destroy us, feeling that they are our playthings. The fun is the thrill of a unique sensation: that of surrendering to a power beyond our own, of acknowledging our mortality while cheating death for a fleeting moment’.