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CUBES by Seb Agnew


Seb Agnew is a 34-year-old photo artist and photography teacher based in Hamburg, Germany.

He specialised in staged photography and creates hyperrealistic images which examine the human psyche and modern society.

With his latest project “CUBES”, Agnew examines individual and yet so stereotypical human universes. „I started the project back in 2018 when I often found myself looking at three equally shaped three-storey buildings right in front of my kitchen window.“

Most of the times, curtains blocked his view to what happened within the walls of these privately owned apartments.

„Sometimes, I see lights turn on and off, a TV flicker or the silhouette of a sole person gaze through the slats of Venetian blinds. I cannot stop wondering: What happens inside these rooms? What do their inhabitants think and feel? And why are they, seemingly, all alone? And do they, maybe, think the same of me when they watch me watching them …?“, Agnew adds.

All nine cubes are linked to one another, metaphorically and visually held together and connected by means of water running through the walls of the building.

In order to make these exceptionally complex rooms turn into reality, he handcrafted nine individual miniature sets (using different materials and crafting techniques as well as laser-cutting and 3D-printing).

The models were shot separately, paying extreme attention to matching perspective, light and colour.

Black Cube

Seb-Agnew Cubes Black-Cube

Blue Cube

Seb-Agnew Cubes Blue-Cube

Cyan Cube

Seb-Agnew Cubes Cyan-Cube

Green Cube

Seb-Agnew Cubes Green-Cube

Grey Cube

Seb-Agnew Cubes Grey-Cube

Magenta Cube

Seb-Agnew Cubes Magenta-Cube

Red Cube

Seb-Agnew Cubes Red-Cube

White Cube

Seb-Agnew Cubes White-Cube

Yellow Cube

Seb-Agnew Cubes Yellow-Cube

The construction of all CUBES was documented in short videos that can be viewed on Agnew’s Behance.

For more imagery check out Seb Agnew’s Website or follow him on Instagram.

Written by Lukas Schulz

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