As an ongoing body of work, the three series Grown, Syncope and Epiphany deal with different facets of human self-reflection:
Grown (2016–2017) examines the boundary between childhood and adulthood – if there is any. Each picture depicts physically grown individuals within a moment of sudden subconscious, almost apathetic, reflection. Typical childhood objects enhance the allegorical character of every image.
Syncope (2017–2022), the medical term for ‘fainting’ or ‘passing out’, examines the feeling of being disoriented and puts it into the context of our modern everyday life. Again and again, we lose track of what is happening around us – and when we concentrate the most, we often find ourselves thinking about nothing at all. This metaphorical temporary loss of consciousness and orientation has become a daily companion for many people in our fast-paced and complex society.
Epiphany (since 2017) contrasts this deep-reaching feeling of disorientation and helplessness with moments of sudden clarity and personal revelations. In an era full of challenges, individual and global change appear to be inevitable.
Seb Agnew is a photographer based in Hamburg, Germany. He explores the human psyche and our modern society through staged and often dreamlike sceneries. Disorientation, search for meaning, and self-reflection are recurring themes within Agnew’s conceptual body of work. His images are characterised by elaborate set design, cinematic lighting and carefully arranged composition. To create his surreal settings, Agnew transforms existing rooms or builds his locations as miniature sets.
Agnew’s works are regularly exhibited and published in Germany and abroad. His images have been nominated, among others, for the Aesthetica Art Prize (2021) and the Photolucida Critical Mass Awards (2020).
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