Author: Shadow Vue

Gregory Crewdson: Cathedral of the Pines

 

Cathedral of the Pines is the latest body of work by American fine art photographer Gregory Crewdson.  His photographs are both dramatic and cinematic. While his images often capture what appear as disturbing or surreal real-life events, they are in fact carefully staged and lit using motion picture film equipment and techniques.

This series, mark a time of transition for Crewdson, including the end of his marriage and a retreat from New York to a remote home and studio in western Massachusetts―a period of time during which Crewdson chose to remain socially withdrawn, instead committing to daily, long-distance, open-water swims and cross-country skiing on wooded paths. Cathedral of the Pines is named after one of these trails.

Father and Son, 2013 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy of the Gagosian Gallery

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The Motel, 2014 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

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Seated Woman on Bed, 2013 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

The Mattress, 2013 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

Beneath the Bridge, 2014 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

The Den, 2013 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

The Haircut, 2014 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

The VW Bus, 2014 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

The Shed, 2013 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

"Although it might be hard to tell, this picture was made under crazy winter conditions. It was below zero that day, and the wind was brutal. The house we were shooting in was really a summer lake cabin, and didn't have central heat. We had space heaters going in the room around the subject to keep her warm, but basically it was freezing in there. You can see on the windows further from camera, we left the ice on the inside of the glass. Neal from our art department had to keep scraping the ice off the other two so we could see through. The camera was positioned outside, and the battery kept freezing. And the camera crew was all huddled in a little group behind the camera, like chickens in winter.""Woman at Window," 2014, Digital Pigment Print, Image size 37 1/2 x 50 inches (95.3 x 127 cm), Framed size 45 1/16 x 57 9/16 inches (114.5 x 146.2 cm), Edition of 3, plus 2 APs. ©Gregory Crewdson

Woman at Window, 2013 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

Foreboding … Mother and Daughter, 2014 © Gregory Crewdson Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

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Woman at Sink, 2014 © Gregory Crewdson Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

The Drainpipe, 2014 © Gregory Crewdson Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

The Barn, 2013 © Gregory Crewdson Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

Gregory Crewdson: Cathedral Of The Pines is on show at The Photographer’s Gallery until 8 Oct 2017. http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk

Timothy Leary’s Hitchcock Estate

 

The Hitchcock Estate in Millbrook, New York is a historic mansion and surrounding grounds. The 64-room Bavarian baroque mansion was built in the early 20th century by German-born gas magnate Charles F. Dieterich and eventually sold to the Hitchcock family in 1963. The siblings Billy Hitchcock and Peggy Hitchcock who have both tried LSD would open the doors of their estate to Timothy Leary and the Psychedelic Movement.

In September of 1963, Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert and Ralph Metzner (their colleague at Harvard) moved into the Hitchcock Estate, along with thirty or so of their followers. There Leary established what he called the League for Spiritual Discovery.

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During Leary’s residence at the mansion (1963–1968) the culture and ambiance there evolved from scholarly research into psychedelics to a more party-oriented atmosphere, exacerbated by an increasing stream of visitors and guests included R. D. Laing, Allen Ginsberg and Charles Mingus. Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters visited in their bus Further.

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The mansion was the target of drug raids. In April 1966, a squad of police investigators headed by G. Gordon Lilly, later to achieve notoriety and a criminal conviction in the Watergate affair, arrested Leary and three other people at mansion for possession of marijuana. Leary and his group were evicted in 1968; Leary moved to California.

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen – Byker

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen is a Finnish photographer who has worked in Britain since the 1960s. From 1969, Konttinen lived in Byker, a working class community in the east side of Newcastle upon Tyne. For over seven years, Konttinen photographed the residents of this area of terraced houses until her own house was demolished.
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Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Jimmy Dodds (Byker)’ 1980, printed 2012
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Jean Barron with Parents (Byker)’ 1980, printed 2012
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Byker Park Dominoes Club (Byker)’ 1974, printed 2012
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Dogs Hairdressing, Shields Road (Byker)’ 1981, printed 2014
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Ragman’s Horse and Cart by Union Road (Byker)’ 1970, printed 2012
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Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Girl on a Spacehopper (Byker)’ 1971, printed 2012
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Jimmy Dodds, Albion Row Allotments (Byker)’ 1980, printed 2014
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Making-up in Mason Street (Byker)’ 1971, printed 2012
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Man Gesturing in Demolished Street (Byker)’ 1971, printed 2012
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Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Living Room Wall of Sidney Aubrey (Byker)’ 1975, printed 2014
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Old Kitt, St Peter’s Allotments (Byker)’ 1973, printed 2014
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘John Hindmarsh & Son, Funeral Directors’, Raby Street (Byker)’ 1974, printed 2014

Heydar Aliyev Culture Centre

The Heydar Aliyev Center is a 57,500 m² building complex in Baku, Azerbaijan designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and noted for its distinctive architecture and flowing, curved style that eschews sharp angles.

Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects

Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects

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Image source: http://www.archdaily.com/448774/heydar-aliyev-center-zaha-hadid-architects