Photographers in Focus: Gregory Crewdson

Photographers in Focus: Gregory Crewdson


I always wanted my pictures
to have a certain kind of ambience a certain kind of feel Spielberg and Lynch and Hitchcock–
what they all share is a certain kind of theatricality I’ve always been influenced
by a variety of artists that I would say come out
of a particularly American tradition Painters like Edward Hopper
and writers like Raymond Carver I sort of feel
like I’m part of that tradition in one way or another That sensation of looking at something
that’s both familiar and mysterious at the same time So that’s the association
I hope to get in almost– or in all of my pictures, really Something that feels ordinary
yet it’s like tinged with a sort of a certain kind
of beauty and terror There should be no motivation,
no literal plot line It’s just the moment of the picture Light is central to all photographs
but I think in particularly mine it’s the way I tell my story I always wanted my pictures
to have a certain kind of ambience a certain kind of feel I started working with Rick Sands,
who’s my director of photography And start thinking about light
as something you could choreograph in a way So I’m used to working with a crew now,
like I don’t have the direct relationship to a camera I never have–
I’ve never been that kind of photographer I think I shoot exclusively
in Massachusetts now and for me, this particular place
is the setting from my sort of imaginative world My most recent body of work
called “Cathedral of the Pines” the central theme in these pictures,
I think, is like a kind of search for meaning, search for home,
search for some sense of connection And in that way,
they’re very connected to my life because I was also going through
a kind of difficult period and I think there’s always relationship
between life and art And that’s like, I think for me,
evident in the pictures

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