ARC Presents: Steven Laxton

Posted in Adorama Rentals by Nathan Lee Bush on June 11, 2011

Some of the best photographers and videographers in the world walk through our doors every day. ARC Presents is our series highlighting their work on our blog.

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If every photographer had a musical corollary, Steven Laxton‘s would be Trent Reznor, the brooding creator of Nine Inch Nails. Laxton’s work, like Reznor’s, projects an epic seriousness and monumental gloom. A smoldering, apocalyptic weight pervades his images, even when they are not necessarily about a dystopian future world (though one project is specifically so). Harsh white lights frame the subject from a distance, strong micro-contrast accentuating their every pore, while green or purple or yellow casts fill the thick smoke around them.

His editorial and personal photos have a cinematic scale and narrative feel, and could easily be stills pulled from a modern epic by Michael Mann, David Fincher, or early Ridley Scott. In his series on Australian Rules Football players, he paints them as heroic, almost mythic, modern gladiators (not too far off, actually: when I traveled in Australia I became convinced this is the toughest sport in the world). His Urban Forms series has a similar grandiosity, with distant and cold skyscrapers creating monumental, jagged geometries


Nathan Lee Bush is a photographer and filmmaker in New York City. His work is on his site and blog.

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