After spending the last several months studying thousands of photos as well as the lives of many photographers, there are a few that stick out that had a lasting impact.
I wanted to create a quick series where I talk a little bit about each one, what I like about their work and why they inspire me.
The first one starts with Gregory Crewdson. I was first made aware of Gregory through my friend Matt Collier. Also a very talented artist.
The first time I saw Crewdsons work I was really in awe by how he made art out of rural American lives. I can relate to a lot of the scenes actually, sort of the quiet desperation and dread many Americans live in a country where we have everything.
Crewdson’s photographs are dramatic and cinematic. They often feature disturbing, surreal events. His photographs are elaborately staged and lit using crews familiar with motion picture production and lighting large scenes using motion picture film equipment and techniques. He has cited the films Vertigo, The Night of the Hunter, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blue Velvet, and Safe as having influenced his style, as well as the painter Edward Hopper and photographer Diane Arbus.
Its amazing actually to see the similarities in photography to the paintings of Edward Hopper. Which goes to show that good artists all take ideas from other artists to create their work. I am also a big David Lynch fan, director of Mulholland Drive and Blue Velvet one of my all time favorite movies. I see a lot of influence or at least similarities to David Lynch’s movie scenes.
Here are some select photos of Gregory Crewdson that I like. I think out of all the photographers that I've studied, if I could meet and mentor with just one it would be Gregory Crewdson.