26 May Seeing Between the Lines

Source: Olafs Photoblog

Yesterday I came across a fascinating interview with Gregory Crewdson (thank you Zhai Y.) in which he explains the process of creating his images. 

In one part he says: “…but I think that’s where the mystery of the picture comes from – that tension, from the impossibility of that happening while trying as much as you can to make it happen.” Later he concludes: “When somebody is looking at my picture, I want them just to fall into the world of the photograph.”

It got me thinking, intensely. I started wondering why it is so difficult to make those pictures that go beyond “beautiful” and craft the frame in a way that lets us “fall into them” and submerge on a very deep level. Or in plain language, stop and stare. 

As usual when I try to find a reference point, I come back to writing. Some writers not only capture your attention with fluid and thought-provoking prose but put together words in a way that if read long and deep enough you penetrate between the lines to find another, hidden layer of implication and meaning. It is similar with photography. Sometimes we see a flawless photograph which portrays a scene and indeed, we enjoy it but somehow, after an initial “wow” we move on. 

On the other hand, from time to time we encounter a photograph which doesn’t allow us to move on, to forget. The image invites, entertains, questions, even provokes. We fall into it so much that

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