BILL OWENS: "Leisure – A Particular Kind of Strangeness" (2005)

BILL OWENS: “Leisure – A Particular Kind of Strangeness” (2005)

From the Working series

By Gregory Crewdson

A family of three carefully unfolds rolls of sod onto their barren front yard transforming it into a small domestic oasis. A man ascends a bare, undersized tree in an absurd attempt to prune its dead leave


Bill Owens made these photographs, and many others, in various suburban communities in Northern California throughout the early 1970s. In 1973 they were compiled in the classic book, Suburbia. These photographs are as strange and compelling now as they were thirty years ago.