Thursday, June 18, 2009

Suburban Road

The first moment I saw his work, it was unsettling in a voyeuristic way. As I continue to absorb his work, those feelings evolved to calm and stillness. I question the notion behind the lens, and the story it wants to convey, and then I saw beauty.

As Todd Hido explains, there's a story inside every house, looking into someone's life through a window. The feeling of isolation and sadness in his work seems to recall something within him. Todd Hido has a critically acclaimed body of work of suburbia homes at night, overcast landscape, and abandon interiors. Realism is the key to his work, using existing lights with long exposure. Because of the length of the exposure, there could be many interruptions: airplanes, cars, lights turning off, etc.

Todd's landscape photographs came as an accident, when Todd took a snapshot of the suburbia during the rain. Taking his wife's suggestion to print the photograph, Todd liked the outcome of the image and decided to create a collection of work on the same theme.

His permanent collection is displayed at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York Guggenheim Museum, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. Todd has published 5 books: Outskirts, Taft Street, Roaming, Between the Two, and House Hunting.

Todd Hido shoots on Kodak Film (Portra 400NC) and printed in the traditional darkroom on Kodak paper. Nothing is digital.