Paul Seawright uses photography to explore the edges of civilized societal norms. His works reveal bleak and/or uncanny realities. From initial works depicting sites of sectarian killings in Northern Ireland, he has responded to international commissions on aspects of life in Afghanistan, Australia, The Netherlands, Italy and the USA. His photographs use atmospherics to conjure up a strong sense of unease about what is absent, maybe more so than what is present. He is Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the University of Ulster in Belfast.