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Gregory Crewdson

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Gregory Crewdson

  1. 1. Looking at Gregory Crewdson PHOTOGRAPHY
  2. 2. Gregory Crewdson is a contemporary photographer born in 1962 in Brooklyn, New York. He takes photos using professional lighting equipment, the same as large, Hollywood movies do. The finished photograph therefore resembles a film still. His photos usually look at American families and the disturbing realities. I liked how most movies glamorised American families, portraying an ideal “breakfast cereal” family. However Crewdson’s photos almost exaggerate the disturbing reality of ‘normal’ families and portray a story about a character.
  3. 3. MY IMAGES First shoot
  4. 4. To achieve the same kind of photos as Crewdson I used two different lights; a light panel and a spot light. I set them up to achieve different shadows and dramatic lighting. By doing this I was able to achieve a tense and sinister photo, much like Crewdson. In my photos I presented a character of a young woman struggling with some sort of mental illness. I portrayed this by using dark and ominous lighting.
  5. 5. I cropped this photo to remove the pictures on the wall as well as the window frame. This gave the photo a more professional feel. I like the lighting on the side of her face, especially how it casts a shadow on the wall.
  6. 6. Again I cropped this photo to remove the photos on the left. I like the reflection on the mirror. However because of the lighting, smudges on the mirror show up more. Next time I would also think about the set more. For example I wouldn’t have the guitar in the background.
  7. 7. SECOND SHOOT
  8. 8. Using what I had learnt from last time meant I was able to set out the scene more like I wanted it to be. I was able to use the character that will feature in my final piece as well as props (book). From my first shoot I learnt to diffuse the light by reflecting it off a wall and then to have a brighter spotlight on the person’s face. SECOND SHOOT
  9. 9. FINAL THREE
  10. 10. I cropped the pictures to get the composition I wanted as well as removing some things that didn’t fit into the scene. I feel like the final 3 photos reflect a story and have the film still feel, same as Crewdson's photos have. I didn’t change the exposure of any of the pictures as I was able to achieve the light I wanted while shooting by using a spotlight and light panel. FINAL THREE

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