I am Sean Englishby – an Irish visual artist and writer, currently living in Berlin.
My areas of specialty in photography include a wide range of analog processes and techniques and their subsequent modes of presentation. I have wide experience with numerous analog mediums and I assist one of Berlins most respected fine-art black and white printers.
My specialities in writing are in the fields of research, analysis and critique on culture, media and art. However, I am very comfortable writing in any field – technical, advertising, creative writing and more. For more information on my writing, please see my blog or contact me at the email address at the bottom of the page.
My own photography is mainly concerned with the notion and forms of ‘documentary’ – how documentary imagery can be both evidence of ‘things that happened once’ and also how an images contextual malleability can lead to the image being read in numerous different ways.
In 2011 I graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology with a BA in Photography. In the summer of 2011 my graduation piece, “Pavor Nocturnus” – an abstract documentary concerning living with a sleep disorder, comprising 80 slides with an ambient soundtrack – was exhibited in Dublins Gallery of Photography, to very positive reviews. My thesis focused on the influence of three significant individuals in the history of photography in changing the way photography was regarded as ‘art’.
I am currently working on an ongoing, long-term project entitled “Atomik”, which seeks to document the effects of moving away from the country in which you were born and brought up, settling into a new culture and trying to make sense of it.
“Atomik” also attempts to interrogate the nature of documentary photography and illustrate how many, many factors influence what the viewer takes away from documentary images. The project focuses on a fictional narrative where the artists photos are being used in a scientific manner to document events, which may or may not have actually happened.