Photographer Gregory Crewdson’s elaborately-staged tableaux depict the dark side of Cheever Country in images equally evocative of Edward Hopper, Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch.

You might recognize his work from the cover of Yo La Tengo‘s album And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out, a suitable accompaniment to a world where “nothing is clean, orderly, idyllic or romantic” once you scratch the surface.

Gregory Crewdson’s elaborately-staged tableaux depict the dark side of Cheever Country

Abrams has just come out with an evocative new volume featuring some of Crewdson’s best work, appropriately titled In a Lonely Place.

Pictured here is an image from his Beneath the Roses series, set in an eerie suburb that could be anywhere simmering with repressed emotions, isolation, emptiness and quiet violence.

No wonder Ice Storm author Rick Moody is one of his biggest fans….

Click to enlarge; images © Gregory Crewdson