Brief Encounters tells the story of  this “theatrical” photography.

Working as a designer involves a constant search for new inspiration and unique examples of self-expression. A few evenings ago, amid an underwhelming selection of questionable films on Netflix streaming, I came across a truly inspiring documentary. Brief Encounters follows Gregory Crewdson‘s 10-year odyssey creating a series of surreal, mind-blowingly detailed photographs of small-town American life.

With all the structure and planning afforded to a feature film, Crewdson’s work creates a profound tension between beauty and anxiety. His pieces have sold for as much as $150,000 for a single photograph. A single image can take up to two years to complete and involve hundreds of people in the process.

“My pictures are about everyday life combined with theatrical effect. I want them to feel outside of time, to take something routine and make it irrational. I’m always looking for a small moment that is a revelation.” —Gregory Crewdson