Sean O’Neal

Sean O’Neal

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Born and raised in New York City, I remember wandering the streets as a youngster, stumbling towards whatever came my way. I found myself, though, often wanting to be in museums more than anywhere else – from the Guggenheim to the Natural History to the Modern Museum of Art. But it was the Met that became my sanctuary. I spent as much time as I could there. At first, I was awed by French Impressionism and paintings from the Italian Renaissance. And then, as I matured, I fell in love with the works of Friedrich, Turner, Vermeer, Van Gogh and Monet. It wasn’t just the beauty or the sense of wonder I felt when looking at their paintings, but the poeticism and emotion expressed in them that inspired me to become an artist.

When I discovered photography, I learned that my art, my expression was going to revolve around nature. I would go out to shoot and most of the time, I wouldn’t even take any photos. I would just listen. I would try to be as open as possible to what was around me. And as my thoughts became clearer and my senses sharper, I slowly began to connect more and more to nature. That’s what I wanted to photograph most: moments of connection, of communication. That’s what I want to share with the world.

I want to reconnect people to nature, I want to inspire them to become passionate about plants and flowers, mountains and deserts, the ocean and the clouds in the sky. I don’t think people realize how much spending time in nature can transform their lives.

I want my images to reflect the truth of what I see in the moment I take the photograph. That’s why I don’t edit any of my photos. If I edit the photos to look different than what I see when I’m there, I think that takes away from what I’m trying to accomplish. My goal is to capture the true essence of nature and to show the beauty of the world in the most authentic way possible. I want to give people a reason to start protecting the earth again.