I recently came across some work by Gregory Crewdson, who I first encountered in the Twilight exhibition at the V&A (nothing to do with the films). I was struck with how carefully staged they were, all like beautifully surreal screen-captures of a film. Each at an important moment in their story, but left to the audience to decide the past and future of that moment. I also discovered a trailer for a film about his work, which exposes a little of the processes he undertakes in order to create each piece.
From the website;
‘Acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson doesn’t just “take” his images, he creates them, through elaborate days and weeks of invention, design, and set-up. The epic production of these movie-like images is both intensely personal and highly public: they begin in Crewdson’s deepest desires and memories, but come to life on streets and soundstages in the hills towns of Western Massachusetts. ‘
Crewson’s subjects all seem to be lost in their own thoughts, wearing expressions that are rarely captured and really add to the eerie atmosphere of the photographs.