Although Grudowski takes photographs of people, such as Bruce Springsteen, he can’t suppress his longtime instinct to create an otherworldly tone. Non sequitur is a good description of that instinct, which in Latin means, It does not follow. In fact, Grudowski is always eager to overthrow the tyranny of having to follow.
Before the advent of digital, Grudowski would go into the darkroom and make prints of the various elements he wanted to include in his work. Then he would sit down with a razor blade and cut them out freehand, sometimes late into the night, and paste them together to fit the visions in his head.
When he discovered 3-D, he felt that technique added a credibility to the impossible scenes he was creating. Not only that, but he sensed that 3-D drew the viewer into his fantastical world more completely than 2-D. When digital techniques finally arrived, his process became much easier and his images more seamless.
When Grudowski took this photograph, Springsteen had just released his album, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, a tribute to the songs of Pete Seeger, and he was performing in New Orleans with the collection of roots musicians who had backed him on the album. Grudowski’s first attempt at a photograph had failed, and Springsteen turned for just a moment to allow a second attempt. Then he was gone.