Fascinating documentary following the work of Gregory Crewdsen as he prepares and takes the photos of his cinematic scale images using cinematic-lights a film-crew of up to 60, professional actors, cranes, assistance from police and fire departments, closure of streets exactly as a scene from a movie would be organized, staged and shot only instead of a cinematic movie camera Crewdson uses a large-format still camera. He will then take the best examples and merge them together in Photoshop collage them in to one final perfect image.
Do I think there is more to this work than aesthetic beauty?
yes, I find his images both beautiful and disturbing, as I believe, is his intention in order to create an interesting and engaging narrative.
Do I think Crewdson succeeds in making his work ‘psychological’? What does this mean?
Yes, I do. His pictures are almost dream like, the scenes are very surreal. They encourage the audience to wonder what is happening? what has just happened? what is about to happen? They are like that moment in a dream that is taking that turn in to the nightmare. This touches on our own imagination, our own fears, our own anxieties.
What is your main goal when making pictures? Do you think there’s anything wrong with making beauty your main goal? Why or why not?
My main goal is to make interesting pictures, if the subject matter is beauty then that is what I want to create, if the subject matter is not then I want to make the image suitable for the subject with a choice of composition that holds the audience at least for a little while. I do not think that there is anything wrong in making beautiful pictures; but it can become a little dull and boring if we can not vary the subject matter and produce images that offer some kind of narrative or symbiotic meaning that can engage, challenge and even entertain the audience in some way.
I like Crewdson’s pictures they may not be as subtle as Wall or DiCorcia but they are very well made and they can appeal to a public that doesn’t have to first have an acquired taste or understanding of art to appreciate the picture that they are viewing.