Filed under: unseen world | Tags: annunciation, banal, crewdson, dream, dusk, god, house, landscape, life, metareal, photography, portrait, pregnant, simultaneity, suburb, truth, twilight, women
Here are three works by the photographer Gregory Crewdson, all untitled, set in the generic suburb, landscapes and portraits, each with strong beams of light. They question our normative assumptions of what is real by showing meta real events.
The first is of a suburban neighborhood at dusk with stacks of railway ties in the foreground and several porch lights just on for the night. There are three meta real lights: the beam, the spot in the forground and the tree in the background. All three light abjectly uninteresting subjects.
The second is a portrait of a woman perhaps in a dream, in her night clothes, simultaneously in her garden and in her kitchen. She is a flesh and blood woman, fertile and organized. We see her in a meta real moment: conceivably the police have arrived, but more likely God or the Truth based on the intensity of the light.
The third is a pregnant woman in her yard at dusk in the suburbs, in the kiddy pool which her husband or boyfriend is filling with a hose while a friend sleeps on the lawn nearby. The spot light is again extra human, like a renaissance annunciation: a miracle birth in the yard.
Each image presents a narrative that collapses the distance between the banal and the transcendent wherein lies its power.
Untitled, from the series Twilight, Gregory Crewdson
untitled, Gregory Crewdson
untitled (pregnant woman/pool), Gregory Crewdson
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