Research Gregory Crewsdon.
Watch the following video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7CvoTtus34&feature=youtu.be on his work.
Gregory Crewsdon is an American photographer who focuses on capturing the American suburbia in his work. He uses a very cinematic approach when capturing his images; heavily set up lighting, locations, models, props, etc.
From watching the video, I was very impressed with the length that Crewsdon goes to, to create his ideas. The sheer amount of man power, planning and work that goes into creating just one image is admirable. It was interesting to see that his images are generally ‘stitched together’ in post production, adding to his image of creating the ‘perfect’ photograph. You can see from the images below, the amount of technicality that goes into setting up one of his scenes.
Do you think there is more to this work than aesthetic beauty?
I think the ultimate goal of his images are just that – aesthetic beauty, otherwise he would not spend the time and effort to get the correct lighting, and in post production. I do think there is more to his images however. The photos give the viewer a slight unease; the models tend to be looking off camera either out of a window or into the middle distance, making the viewer wonder what they are looking at. As the images are quite clearly set up, this adds to the unease within them. His photos are set up with a view that something has either just happened when the frame was shot or is about to happen.
Do you think Crewsdon succeeds in making his work ‘psychological’? What does this mean?
As in the points I made above, his images make the viewer feel very uneasy, as though they have missed something, or something dramatic is about to happen in the frame. As they are very stylised, the viewer is absorbed into this fictional reality.
What is your main goal when making pictures? Do you think there is anything wrong with making beauty your main goal? Why or why not?
Personally, making beauty is always my main goal when taking pictures. I want people to enjoy the photographs they are looking at, and I don’t think it necessarily needs to have a deeper meaning. Ultimately, photography is an art form, and both the photographer and viewer will have a different opinion of what is beautiful in the case of their work.