Sooooooo.... the other day, my wife and I went into Image One Camera (a local camera shop in Riverside) and just kind of looked around. I ended up talking a bit with one of the guys behind the counter, and I mentioned that I was interested in doing over the top, epic pictures. He immediately mentioned a guy named Gregory Crewdson. This guy is a photographer who takes pictures on a movie like scale. He shuts down multiple city blocks at a time, hires actors and entire production crews - all for one picture. It's like he's directing single frame movies. Now, his exact style isn't exactly what I am going for - I am looking for more dramatic scenes. Maybe reminiscent of action or horror movies and such - but the concept is what got me. Mr. Crewdson is very close, conceptually speaking, to what I want to do - and I am glad I know about him. So I saw lots of cool things at Image One Camera - but I think the most valuable thing I got from that store was the name Gregory Crewdson. By the way, the picture above, that is one of Mr. Crewdson's photos.
If you go look him up, just understand, he is kind of a strange guy - and his work isn't for everybody.