Combining action, suspense and intricate detail, Ryan Schude’s (b. 1979) photographs tell numerous stories and the viewer’s imagination is left to join the dots and interpret the narrative as they wish. Schude’s dramatic scenes are ambiguously timeless, but specifically located, primarily in the USA and more often than not in Los Angeles. Themes of domestic strife, dark humour and unsolved mystery reappear as he uncovers moments of intense fictional melodrama. Carefully blending fine art with editorial and advertising, the artist’s work has previously appeared in numerous publications, such as Esquire, The Hollywood Reporter and Time. Schude has also won multiple awards for his intriguing photography, including the Gold Award from PX3, Prix de la Photographie (2012) and first prize PDN, Objects of Desire (2012). The following images are an overview of his detailed portfolio and demonstrate his outstanding ability to capture a fleeting second with precise clarity.