The conceptual photo series “Syncope” — the medical term for “fainting” or “unconsciousness” — explores the human feeling of disorientation in the context of our everyday lives. Again and again we briefly lose our focus, and moments of supposedly supreme concentration become moments when we are least present.

This metaphorical loss of awareness and orientation has become a daily companion for many of us and a new normality. Caused, for example, by increasing fast-paced life and the growing complexity of our everyday lives.

The twelve motifs in “Syncope” play with situations that are staged, but draw their inspiration from the here and now and from our experiences. How do we deal with this collective powerlessness in the long run? And how do we manage to maintain our focus in a world full of stimuli and ongoing challenges? This series by Seb Agnew asks that, too.

Seb Agnew. Born in 1986, lives and works in Hamburg. Until 2009 studied audiovisual media with a focus on photography at the Hochschule der Medien, Stuttgart. Until 2014 studies of vocational education at the University of Hamburg, since then teacher at the BMK Hamburg in the education course Fotograf:in. His staged photo series, which explore feelings of disorientation and the search for meaning, have won numerous awards and been published in international

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