When hearing the word ‘space’ I immediately think of inside or enclosed spaces. I think of rooms, homes, and human built structures. Often all of these spaces come with human presence and influence. A few years ago I began to take photos of rooms and hallways within my home with different light sources. These images created spaces which were known to be inhabited, but only through the evidence found within the photograph. At the time, I was drawing inspiration from the photographer Gregory Crewdson. Most of his photographs are staged and contain a variety of different lights and highlights. For myself in particular, they created an eerie presence within the photograph. They also made you question what had happened or what would happen and why certain things were there within the space. He used all of his light sources to create emotion. My idea is to photograph different rooms or spaces indoors using little light sources and long exposure times. I would like to create the sense of human presence without the physical presence of a person and I would also like the room to have a presence or emotion of it’s own. I will do this by utilizing light and shadows to essentially create the space. The space can only be defined by what we can see. I may also attempt to utilize some outdoor spaces and attempt to get a similar emotion. My end product will be digital prints that will be hung on a wall. I’m not certain of their size yet. Some photographers that I found helpful or inspiring are Gregory Crewdson, William Eggleston, and Philip-Lorca Dicorcia. They all utilize light and shadow in their photographs to define and create emotions and ideas.
Here are some examples of my previous work:
Philip-Lorca Dicorcia: Eddie Anderson; 21 Years Old, Houston, Texas; $20 1990 – 92
Gregory Crewdson-untitled work from the series “Beneath the Roses”, 2003-2005
William Eggleston, Untitled, (Store Parking Lot), From Lost and Found, 1965-1974