Hey, how's it going everyone? I'm Sean. I currently reside in San Francisco and make my living as a director of photography and independent filmmaker. I grew up playing video games in the late 80s and early 90s when it wasn't cool to be a gamer. Yet, despite gaming's unpopularity with mainstream culture, I recognized early on that video games had the potential to be an entirely unique medium and a staple of the ever growing digital age. Film, literature, music, fine arts...they all existed prior to the digital age and would adapt to the ever changing social sphere, but gaming's inception is rooted in technology itself and that one fact is what separates itself from the other art forms. It's the reason that the video game industry has seen more growth in the past 30-40 years than all the other art forms combined. To the mainstream, gaming is new. It's fresh. It's accessible. It's cheap. But on top of all that it retains the elements that make film, literature, music, and the fine arts universal - elements like the ability to tell an engaging, character driven story that players can relate to and feel emotionally impacted by, or visually striking imagery that sets and augments tone and mood, or subtle and nuanced sound that shakes us to our very cores. To me, video games are every bit an art form as movies, or books, or music because of these reasons.
Unfortunately, I won't be blogging here in the future because I am involved in too many online discussion communities already. But, if I seem like someone who is worth following, head over to my blog at http://imfinnegan.wordpress.com and check it out. You can also check out my website at http://www.seanfinnegandp.com for information and my portfolio.