Hump Day Hot Seat: Sean Was Here


Photo courtesy of Sean R Sullivan

1. Who Are You?

My name is Sean.  I was born in Boston.  I studied Film & Animation at RIT, Rochester, NY.  I then lived in the North End of Boston for a few years after school before moving to Miami in 2010 where I currently reside working in the advertising industry.

2. What do you do?

I take pictures of people.  I try to candidly document today’s culture, lifestyle and fashion.  I make an effort to travel often to broaden my horizons while slapping “Sean Was Here” stickers everywhere I go.  In terms of paying bills, for the past year and a half I’ve been freelancing for a handful of ad agencies taking projects on an individual basis.

3. When/Where/How did you get your start? 

My first job out of school was as an Interactive Designer/Developer at Arnold Worldwide – a large ad agency in Boston.  While I was there I was exposed to a ton of great talent and saw people doing what they loved to do, whether it was in the office or out on their own free time.  I was able to make a few friends/contacts here that would set me on the path that has led me to the position I am in today.

4. How long have you been at it?

I started my ongoing “Sean Was Here” project in 2009.

5. What is the most important thing we should know about you?

I used to be really shy and introverted (and still can be).  Only in the last few years have I really started to come out of my shell.  I guess I’ve used the camera as a tool for this.  It get’s me excited to be out and meet/interact with people.

6. Is there anyone else in your field that you particularly admire?

In the field of life, I instantly admire anyone who is out there doing what they love to do – really going for it.  It’s too easy to get lost in a life you don’t enjoy and assume you’ll get to do the things you really want to do “someday”.  Life is too short and tomorrow isn’t promised.

7. What other types of art are you in to?

Street art!  Miami really introduced me into this scene. Artist from all over the world come to Miami to paint giant murals in Wynwood.  It’s really inspiring watching them do their thing.  I’ve never met as many talented artists as I have in Miami.

8. You got any crazy hobbies or unique talents?

A side hobby of mine is 3D projection mapping.  I’ve had installations at galleries, bars, and parties around Miami.  If you’re unfamiliar with projection mapping check out this video on my vimeo page:

9. What’s your favorite vice?

Endlessly scrolling through my tumblr feed while listening to chilled out music.

10. How do you make it over the creative hump?

Take a break.  Sometimes for a couple hours, sometimes a couple days.  Eventually I’ll come back to it and it will feel fresh again.

11. You eat food? What kind? Like to cook?

I don’t like to cook much.  I’m not a foodie.  In the last couple years I’ve focused on eating to live – basically focusing on foods that exist naturally in nature, keeping it vegetarian most of the time.  As an example, for breakfast, daily, I have egg whites, oatmeal (plain), berries, and OJ.  It gives me a great start to my day.

12. Truth or Dare? Elaborate.

Truth!  I’m pretty happy with myself these days so I’m pretty comfortable with being open about my life.

13. What is your most prized possession?

My health!  I feel like a lot of people take their health for granted and complain about what they don’t have.  If you are lucky enough to be a healthy abled body person you have been given a gift. Don’t wait until you lose it to understand how valuable it is.  Everyday I wake up healthy can be considered a great day.  Anything beyond that is icing on the cake.

Sean is heading out on a Eurotrip 2013 tour soon. Sign up now to receive Sean Was Here postcards of the photos Sean will take on the road. Visit his Postcards in your mailbox project on Kickstarter!