Outlandish, cinematic, and exaggerated are three ways that describe the work of photographer Lyndon Wade. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Wade got his first break at 18 by photographing pet food advertisements. The only issue was that since Wade had hired a driver, being unable to drive himself, and was using a fake I.D., Wade’s client had no idea that Wade was only 18.
His over-the-top photographs seem to depict film scenes, like this one, depicting Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’.
A lot seems to happen in Wade’s photographs; since they are film-esque, for lack of a better term, they seem to move fairly quickly. One has to keep moving their eyes throughout the photograph to see ‘what happens next’. There are many ever-changing colors, shapes, and even moods in each expression of each person. That much is more obvious in this photo, depicting a rather nice club or bar.
I, personally, really like the change and contrast in colors and moods. Each person seems alive and real in each photograph. It isn’t like they were sat and posed and not happy to be there as just a pretty subject for some sort of event. It was like each subject had different emotions at the same time, just like in reality. But at the same time, there is a fantastical feel to them.
Wade says that he prefers to spend as little time on Photoshop or any other editing program as possible.
“The more you can shoot on camera the better. Real hair and real eyes are always going to be better than something made out of pixels,” He says.
Wade prefers to work on sets, since he can manipulate and arrange the sets to mirror what he wants the image to look like.
One of Wade’s most prominent works is his series titled “Room 107”. These photographs all take place in the same cheap hotel room, but each event is different; each one is creepy in a horror movie kind of way. It is the kind of situation that makes people wonder what happened in the rooms they stay in. The problem with the series was that they looked so real he had trouble finding someone to print them.
Very few of Lyndon Wade’s photographs are easy to look at. Some of them make people feel rather uncomfortable. However, that might actually be the point of his photographs. They tell people who really look about themselves. The photo above could be seen as disturbing and freak show like, but others can interpret it as the inner battle for self-control or self-worth. How many times has one person fought themselves against temptation, their emotions, and the like?
Information gathered here: http://fadedandblurred.com/spotlight/lyndon-wade/
Wade’s website: http://www.thewadebrothers.com/