Congratulations to Eric Ogden for the amazing review at THE NEW YORKER !!!!
Still on display @ hous projects gallery.
ON AND OFF THE WALLS: ERIC OGDEN’S VISIONS
Posted by Elisabeth Biondi
It is not at all surprising that Eric Ogden had directed several short movies before he turned to still photography. Each picture in his exhibit at Hous Projects Gallery looks like a beautiful frame from an undated film noir. Time seems frozen, the action suspended, the narrative of the picture arrested. Each picture makes me wonder about what has gone on before and where it will be heading. This sense of mystery is what makes Ogden’s images so seductive.
Whether it is a child on a swing in midair, a husky looming in a hallway, or a beautiful blonde hovering at a gas station, someone is trying to tell a story. Ogden provides the scenario and then lets his subjects either act out their story or directs them to do so. He works with light and shadows, his color is saturated, and the surroundings are lush.
I would have guessed that Ogden had grown up in the South, yet he is from Flint, Michigan. Perhaps the explanation for his Southern bent is his admiration for the legendary Mississippi photographer William Eggleston. When I asked Ogden whether he is familiar with Gregory Crewdson’s photographs, he told me he knows his work, as people often had mentioned it to him. He feels more akin to Philip-Lorca diCorsia, he said, and his real inspiration is Eggleston. But while Eggleston finds his pictures in his own environment, Ogden blends fact and fiction and creates cinematic dreamscapes.
For all of the above reasons we thought Eric was the right photographer to take Neil Gaiman’s portrait, published in our January 25th issue. Have a look below.
Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/photobooth/2010/04/eric-ogden.html#ixzz0kekI9VgX