About Sean Davis Photography
My interest in photography covers an unusually broad range of subjects and disciplines. I positively love product photography, with a special emphasis on food photography. Something about the level of detail in this specialty really attracts me. They say that if you can photograph food well, then you can photograph anything. I couldn't agree more, as nothing is more challenging, delicate, or temperamental as food.
I am a student of humanity, and am fascinated with people and how they live, what they do, and how they entertain themselves. Shooting people, from traveling to the Colombian jungle to shoot Indians and cocaine processing, to fashion photography in Costa Rica, I am interested in portraying the human condition as joyful and complex, trying as hard as possible to avoid cliche, and creating compelling images as complex and open to interpretation as the actual people in the photographs are in real life. Travel photography for me is a natural extension of my obsession for cultural discovery, and finding a visual "truth" in the world. It is easily the most satisfying type of work, and the better images are timeless.
Architectural photography engages my need to find shape and order in the world. Some of the high water marks in human history survive in the form of architecture, from the cathedrals of France, to the pyramids in the Guatemalan jungle, and much can be said of the cultures that created them. I take the same level of respect and awe and apply it photographing houses and hotels in Costa Rica. I love the clean angles of a modern Costa Rican home, and the view of palm trees or ocean from the window. When I shoot houses, I really try to show what is outside the window and include the view. Doing this is really tricky, and requires a large amount of lighting and technique, but the finished result really enhances the overall image.
With a working knowledge of food and product photography, architectural photography, and the photography of people, I am in demand as a magazine photographer, and love the work. I can arrive at a destination and portray the environment and culture, from the food to the structures, to the people, with an emotional accuracy and beauty that tells a story in pictures.
After 18 years as a professional photographer, working and living in Costa Rica is a dream come true. Costa Rica is filled with beauty and diversity, challenges both physical and aesthetic, and rewards that are far beyond financial. I am really blessed to be able to do what I truly love in a place that suits me so well.