Adam Ekberg is one of my favorite artists. I love the way he creates elaborate sets for each of his images. They have a great cinematic quality where you feel both the absence and presence of the image's architect.
From his artist's statement:
"In calculated performances that intersect with photography’s documentary potential, I explore ephemeral occurrences that can serve as metaphors for existence. Making such humble events happen is alchemy of sorts, the transformation of the mundane into the poignant. Within the constructed images, I reposition specific celebratory iconography to create minor spectacles. My process requires detailed and elaborate production outside the photographic frame so that what appears within the frame implies simplicity and straightforwardness. It is important to me that these constructions actually exist in the world, if only for the moment in which the photograph is made."