These photographs are part of a on-going project titled ‘An American Matter’.
It is a personal project which explores the contemporary American landscape as I encounter it in my life. I am an American born salesman living under the pressures of upward mobility; loans, credit, and, to borrow a phrase, “the terror of knowing what this world is about.”
I am a proud American, and passionate about my life; the intention of this project is to photograph my country as beautiful, troubled, and enigmatic. ‘An American Matter’ is a project to confront a personal tension I feel in our uncertain times; to make the best of situations not fully understood. It considers animate and inanimate objects with equal care, voicing both the bold and soft-spoken landscapes of my life.
My name is Sean Schmidt and I live and work in the suburbs of Chicago, IL.
I am a self-taught photographer passionate about middle America and the working class. I admire responsibility, determination, and discipline. My creative influences include Bob Dylan, David James Duncan, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.
My current projects include ‘An American Matter’ and a volunteer project for DuPage County volunteer board titled ‘The Faces of Volunteerism’.