Photographs by Gregory Crewdson
Gregory Crewdson is an American photographer, born in New York, 1962. Known for photographs depicting small town America, his works are dramatic and cinematic, usually involving some kind of an emotional state that is seemly ordinary at first, yet if you look further is disillusioned. These photos are like incomplete sentences, with little reference to the before or to the after, intensified even further by his elaborately choreographed productions and lighting to that of what you would see on a Hollywood movie set. His pictures are real, yet surreal.
Crewdson has referred to the limitations of a photograph in terms of holding and telling a story, and ‘ultimately it’s left as this unresolved question’. He sets up the ambiance of a story, and it’s left to the viewer to decipher.
I think I always have been drawn to photography because I want to construct a perfect world. I want to try to create this moment that is separate from the chaos of my life, and to do that I think I create enormous disorder. And I like that craziness because I think that it creates almost a sort of neurotic energy on the set, and through that there is a moment of transportation. And in all my pictures what I am ultimately interested in is that moment of transcendence or transportation, where one is transported into another place, into a perfect, still world. Despite my compulsion to create this still world, it always meets up against the impossibility of doing so. So, I like the collision between this need for order and perfection and how it collides with a sense of the impossible. I like where possibility and impossibly meet. -Gregory Crewdson
Thanks for reading. I hope Gregory’s work has given you a sense of wonder and inspiration, as he has done me.