Dreamy, cinematic, fantastical, Sean Williams' photographs are imaginatively stylized scenes into worlds we seem to have just stumbled upon—worlds we recongize from fairytales and mythology. At once contemporary and yet of a different time, his imagery quotes tableau painting and staged photography of the late 19th-century—in vivid color. Williams is interested in the contemplative, slower moments when the uncanny flirts with reality. And he lights his people and places with an eye toward chiaroscuro—imagery rich in shadows that remind us of Caravaggio and Goya. His characters look up from their worlds as though suddenly aware of our gaze. And we see in.
Featured, Donec Nec Justo, 2015
Winner, Fusce Odio Velit, 2014
Winner, Non Nisl at Mauris, 2014