For this Tumblr Monday, we are very happy to have proustitute with us to introduce some work by the American photographer, Todd Hido.
Todd Hido’s work is very cinematic in his approach to both themes, framing, and the use of various lenses and distortions, causing the viewer to uncomfortably take on the voyeuristic position of the peeping photographer in bizarre, surreal, and downright uncanny photographs of suburban America. Tom E. Himson writes: “Hido’s photographs reveal isolation and anonymity in contemporary suburbia. Eerily lit rooms and suddenly abandoned homes increase the effect of loneliness and loss.” Hido’s “landscapes” (which are views of the external world taken from the inside of a car) and his photographs of interior domestic settings particularly increase the sense of alienation so central to his work by distancing the photographer and the viewer from the scenes in question. Hido also reminds viewers that these images filled with devastation, loss, and decay are always under observation from an unknown and potentially dangerous third party: in a very real sense, Hido’s photographs might be taken from the point of view of a voyeur or a stalker which makes their immediacy, anxiety, and quiet danger all the more visceral. (text by proustitute)
Huge thanks to proustitute for this sharing, and please enjoy everyone!