Sanwal Deen is a Sony award-winning photographer from Islamabad, Pakistan, and is currently based in Seattle, WA. His work fluctuates between the intimate and the distant, blurring the line between the individual and the whole. He has exhibited work in group shows in London as well as in Columbus, Ohio, where he completed his MFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2017.
We spend more than half our lives living in buildings. In Monuments, I seek to reveal the stage where the story of our lives plays out.
Each image is composed of hundreds of photographs taken with a long lens and stitched together to a create a single, highly detailed visual that enables one to experience the building in a new way. The resulting image allows one to see every brick, texture and tone that makes up these buildings along with the lives that moves within them.
More broadly, the series is a story of people and buildings, for it is people, driven by jobs and the need for a paycheck and the desire to have an impact on the world, who build these monuments. It is people who live in them, maintain them and people who bring them down.