Gregory Crewdson

Gregory Crewdson’s goal for his photos is to tell a story through his pictures. He takes a lot of inspiration from how movies are made in the sense that when he does a photo shoot he creates a whole set of scenery for the photo’s. He said that he tries to capture a mixture of beauty and sadness in his photos. I really liked that description because I am often drawn to pictures with that combination and I’ve never been able to pinpoint what it was I really liked about them. Looking through his photos I found that his photos really do capture this dynamic of sadness and beauty.

Gregory Crewdson goes through a very complicated and meticulous process in order to get to the final picture. Once he decides in what town or general location he would like to do his photo shoot (he tends to be drawn to small, lonely towns), he drives around through the town over and over until something strikes him and gives him the inspiration he needs to come up with an idea. Sometimes he revisits places dozens of times until he gets his idea. After that he calls in his team and they set up the place where the photo will be taken down to every little detail. He always shoots in twilight because of the lighting; he said there is really only about a twenty minute window that he can get the shot. He puts all of his focus into making the shot exactly how he envisioned it, he isn’t even the one who ends up taking the picture.

When Gregory was a child his father worked in the basement of his house. None of the kids knew what he did as a profession and it was quite a mystery. He used to imagine what was going on and try to listen through the floorboards. “But I could never really hear anything,” he says of his childhood eavesdropping. “All I knew was that it was a secret and that it was forbidden.” He laughs. “And there you have it. There’s my work in a nutshell.” –GC


I think that this photo was one of the ones I particularly liked, however I really liked quite a few. It gives off such a sense of sadness and abandonment and loneliness, the twist to this though is that it’s really a beautiful picture. The lighting is beautiful and the whole set up of the picture does such a good job portraying a strong sense of isolation. When you look at the picture it’s very solemn and it’s like a piece of a story, it makes you wonder about the man and his cart and what he’s doing there.    Image

I really liked this picture as well. The idea of it is so creepy and if someone were to describe the picture to me it would sound really haunting. She doesn’t really look dead to me but the water is so perfectly still I come to the conclusion that she must be dead and that makes the picture even more eerie. Despite all of this I found this picture much happier that the a lot of the others including the one above. The cushy furniture, and the splashes of color in her robe on the stairs and her coat by the door, gives the impression of almost being cozy.

I researched the painter Edward Hopper and found his work to be quite similar to Gregory Crewdson’s in a sense. The scenery and people, and their postures rings quite similar, however they aren’t necessarily creepy like Crewdsons are. The lighting is very similar for both artists as well. It’s a soft light and it feels a bit dream like.

I found that quite a few of Crewdson photo’s remind me of the 50’s. The furniture and appliances are very dated, and the people’s postures remind me of the poses women did in the 50’s in like cleaning commercials. I thought that Crewdsons work was very creative, and his goal of telling a story rang true in every picture I looked at. When I looked at them they drew me in and I found myself becoming part of the story and wanting to know more about these interesting lives he had created.



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