the view from the new home of the bbc world service – inkjet print, 400 cm x 110 cm simon chirgwin, 2011, unique
This was commissioned by the BBC Global News W1 Move project and stitched together from 7 medium format negatives. When printed very large indeed it looked cracking, but of course, when it came to moving out of Bush House, it was too big to fit in my car to take it home. It may still be tucked away in a cupboard somewhere in Broadcasting House.
As an edition of 1 (with no AP) it could be worth a fortune some day, but I suspect it ended up in a skip.
Watch this YouTube video about Gregory Crewdson and his work and consider the questions below.
- Do you think there is more to this work than aesthetic beauty?
- Do you think Crewdson succeeds in making his work ‘psychological’? What does this mean?
- What is your main goal when making pictures? Do you think there’s anything wrong with making beauty your main goal? Why or why not?
C&N coursebook – p.116
In the video Crewdson states straightforwardly: “First and foremost […] it’s to make a beautiful picture […] but a purely aesthetic experience is not good enough; that needs to be undercut by something psychological.” Later he goes on to identify “a darkness” that lies underneath his pictures and also to say “I want it all to become one world upon itself”. None of this necessarily will lead to something “more” than aesthetic beauty. Even assuming you find the pictures beautiful in the first place.