A woman gazes out of the large window into the snow-covered landscape which is empty apart from three figures drawing her attention. What are these three men up to? If she was to turn round, she could look out of another tall window onto the streets of London, which today are relatively quiet as people shelter from the torrential rain, although these streets link up a set of stairs to the bustle and noise of New Oxford Street.
Another woman is standing at the kitchen window; what is she thinking about; what is she doing? Is that her husband through the door, silent and motionless, no contact between the two. And another view out to the rainy London life of Ramillies Street.
American photographer Crewdson follows in the traditional of artist Edward Hooper creating scenes of American life, where the people are frozen in time, not moving, leaving the viewer to enter the scene and guess what might be going on. His series “Cathedral of the Pines” filling three floors of the Photographers’ Gallery, was shot around his home town of Becket in Massachusetts. Engaging with the countryside, rivers and quarries and unusual structures such as bridges, sheds, mattresses and telephone boxes, along with cars and camper vans, isolated people are caught emotionless, naked, intimate, exposed, inviting the viewer to question what is happening and weave a story around these strange incidents set in the expansive American landscape.