Construction of a Photograph

I once had the mindset that photography was just about taking pictures. My opinion since then has changed, but I believe there are still some people who would say the same. Depending on the photographer and their style, it sometimes can take a lot of effort in the setup and preparations of a photograph, and could be considered more important than the result.

Untitled by Gregory Crewdson

Untitled by Gregory Crewdson

One artist I was introduced to in the past month was Gregory Crewdson. His method is rather unique in comparison to the typical photographer. When taking a photograph, he treats it like a movie set, from getting permits to close streets to taking on a crew to help with the production. Every aspect is carefully scrutinized to create the perfect shot. What results is a beautifully thought out photograph.

Untitled by Gregory Crewdson

Untitled by Gregory Crewdson

Another artist, and a long time favorite of mine, is William Wegman. While he doesn’t go to great lengths in the preparation of a photograph as Crewdson does, his work still requires thought to the setup of a shot. His other challenge is working with Weimaraners and having them cooperate with whatever elements he incorporates into the photograph. The results range from goofy and fun loving, to beautiful caught-in-the-moment shots.

Looking Right by William Wegman

Looking Right by William Wegman

While both artists take a different approach in the construction of a photograph, both require a thought out plan. It no longer was about the photograph, but the process leading up to the result that made their work so great and stand apart from others.

On Base by William Wegman

On Base by William Wegman

Featured Image: https://nypost.com/2014/01/19/pup-artist-photographer-takes-care-of-his-canine-models/

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