Interesting Photographers – Gregory Crewdson

I wouldn’t be a photographer, without always looking at, loving and getting inspired by other photographers work.

The same as you wouldn’t be a chef without being inspired by other chefs and their work etc…..

This is my first blog about other photography things – wonderful and interesting photographers, photography tips and ideas, products and equipment etc….

So this blog is about an interesting photographer, named Gregory Crewdson.

The reason that I’m starting with Gregory Crewdson, is that a little while back, my good friend Nikki and I went to an exhibition opening of his work at the IMA in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

I have been to the Gallery of Modern Art, the Art Gallery & the IMA in Brisbane (as well as galleries in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Paris, Florence, Rome etc….) and seen other photographers work. But Gregory Crewdson’s work really sticks in my mind, so I wanted to share.

I had learnt about him at Uni. And I had also been following and really loved the photos that he did for the TV shows – 6 feet under, Sopranos etc….

So Nikki (we both went to Qld College of Art and did our photography degrees together) and I were really excited to go and see his work.

I think his work is the sort of thing that you either love it or you don’t. Well, obviously I love it!

I think some people may view his images as being static, strange and depressing.

In a way, I get these emotions from his work too, but the stillness, where the people are looking, how they are posed, the objects in the room / outdoor setting and most importantly how, why and where the light and dark is in each photo draws you in, so that you just stand there and look and look and look, and find it hard to move on.

He plans each image so meticulously, it’s really quite amazing.

He plans where every object is placed, where each shadow is, where the light is coming from, what the light hits, how bright it makes that object / person compared to everything around it etc….. And he takes days and weeks etc to plan out EXACTLY how he wants the shot to look.

The photo that I’ve attached to this post of the car driving in the snow took 3 days to organise – that time included closing down this part of the town for the whole time, getting rid of cars etc and waiting for that snow fall. Then they had a very small window of opportunity to get the photo of the car driving into town and making the tyre marks in the snow. Positioning the 3 people in the shot to be in just that right spot. Doing the photo at just the right time of evening, when there is still light enough to see, but dark enough that the lights from the tattoo parlour, cinema and restaurant stand out.

It’s just awe inspiring – the immense attention to detail and perfectionist drive!

Have a look at some more of his work and movie. Enjoy!