Sean Davidson, an industrial designer in New York City, became interested in photography at an early age. He uses his camera to explore his interests in skateboarding, architecture, design, and art. By braiding his interests of graphic design, architecture and documentary photography, he focuses on creating rational compositions with repeatable outcomes, noting comparisons in similar arrangements of subjects. He studies form, composition, and pattern primarily through architecture and city details. Currently, in his documentary work, Sean pursues vignettes of graphic compositions and bright light around the city. Sean studied Industrial Design and Commercial Photography at Appalachian State University in North Carolina and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Casefile001 attempts to establish a visual aesthetic for a larger web-based project that considers surveillance and its effect on architecture throughout New York City. Many recognize the ubiquitous icon spread throughout their city, raised high, secured firmly to a wall or pole above their heads. CCTV cameras bespeckle our neighborhoods as if they’re a motif from a Hieronymus Bosch painting. Surveillance is wall-to-wall, even still in this post-Snowden era. This project uses the surveillance infrastructure of New York City to create a set of photographs around this dystopian like narrative. Inspired by the aesthetics of film noir, German expressionist cinema, brutalism, and graphic novels, this series aims to increase awareness of public surveillance programs that affect our lives as contemporary citizens.
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