Cathedral of the Pines

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to a remote home and studio in western Massachusetts―a period of time during which Crewdson chose to remain socially withdrawn, instead committing to daily, long-distance, open-water swims and cross-country skiing on wooded paths.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