As a child, Sean’s first experience of self-awareness, in relation to religious architecture, was as a student at St. Martin’s Elementary School and Church, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He felt a sense of wonder, not from the liturgy, the music or the scriptures, but from the church’s massive walls, stained glass windows, high pillars and lofty bell towers. As he became more aware of himself and the world around him, architecture’s order and symmetry became a source of serenity, clarity and reassurance in the midst of the chaos of daily life.
Sean’s work explores the link between sacred architecture and human emotion. Whether you believe in a higher power or not, sacred architecture speaks a universal language that stirs emotional experience through the senses. The idealized qualities of a sacred structure are designed to evoke the best ideals in the viewer. Utilized by a master architect, the shapes and patterns, mass and height, space, light, shadow and repetition of forms all have a way of conveying a sense of balance, order, harmony, guidance, protection and strength. These elements encourage positive emotions and call to mind our essential desire to discover who we are as people. In danger of being corrupted by our passions and led astray by various aspects of society, we require places where we can find balance between the reason and emotions within us.
To highlight the design of each church, Sean makes photographs that are high-contrast black and white against a dark sky. The low angles serve to emphasize a sense of awe in the viewer at the monumental elements of the structure. His goal is not to coerce people into a newfound faith, but to celebrate the genius of combining a near perfect set of physical and aesthetic architectural elements, to create a beautiful structure that reflects our individual beliefs and ideals.
Create-Fixate Los Angeles 2006
Huarte Gallery Solo Show Los Angeles 2007
Gallery 1638 Los Angeles 2008
Create-Fixate Los Angeles 2009
FUSE Los Angeles 2009
Month of Photography Los Angeles Group Show 2010
The R and R Gallery "Bill Murray" Group Show Los Angeles 2010
Cafe Buna "Inspiration" Group Show Los Angeles 2010
Smashbox Face/Off Los Angeles Winner-Assistants Choice Award 2011
Photo LA Group Show 2012