Memories of the Overlook Hotel concerns the circulation of images through technical media and cultural memory. It sits alongside other pieces of working exploring cameras, dark rooms, séance rooms and other recessed and concealed.
“Using various photographic forms, my work explores different kinds of interior space: dark rooms and séance rooms, haunted houses and hotels, the everyday living room watched over by family photographs, and the camera obscura itself.”
Seán said he was shocked when he was nominated for the award: “Nomination alone was a huge boost … and to be one of the ten winners has been wonderful.”
Seán said his MA course had made an “inestimable difference” to the way he works He said: “My background was not in photography so it was a huge challenge, but things started to come together very well in the second year. There are some amazing tutors on the course – Fergus Heron, Mark Power, Aaron Schuman, Judith Katz, as well as the technical team: Simon Sandys, Rachel Gillies, Mark Hawdon, John Williams, Richard Clayton, Matt Page – but most of all Joanna Lowry, the MA course leader. I owe her so much and could never thank her enough.”