Posts Tagged ‘eerie’

Flipping Photographs Upside Down Turns Ordinary Portraits into Strange Alien Faces

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Self-help author Wayne Dyer once wrote that, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Photographer Anelia Loubser of Cape Town, South Africa used this quote as the basis for her project titled “Alienation.

The series consists of contrasty portraits that have been flipped upside down, turning the ordinary faces into strange, alien mugs.
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Eerie and Fascinating Photos of a Completely Empty New York City Taken in 1964

Empty New York, c. 1964 Vintage gelatin silver print 5 7/8 x 7 1/4 inches (paper)

Empty New York, c. 1964, Vintage gelatin silver print, 5 7/8 x 7 1/4 inches (paper)

In 1964, photographer Duane Michals fortuitously found himself leafing through a photo book that contained the work of French photographer Eugene Atget. Atget’s intimate 19th century photographs of Paris inspired Michals to attempt to capture a similarly intimate portrait of New York City.

Thus was born ‘Empty New York,’ a series of photographs showing the streets of the Big Apple completely devoid of live, exhibited for the very first time as a set at the DC Moore Gallery in New York in April and May of this year. Read more…

Eerie Large Format Photographs of Central Park Taken in the Middle of the Night

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New York-based photographer Michael Massaia‘s images are easily identified for two reasons: first, because they’re all very distinct, black-and-white, large format photographs; and second, because most of them are taken in the middle of the night… a result of Massaia’s struggle with insomnia. Read more…

Explore Japan’s Abandoned ‘Battleship Island’ Courtesy of Google Street View

In the most recent James Bond movie, Daniel Craig spent some time in the eerie emptiness of an abandoned island that the villain Silva had claimed as his lair. What many don’t realize is that this setting was actually based on a real place.

It’s called Hashima, but it’s better known by its nickname Gunkanjima (or “Battleship Island”), and thanks to Google Street View we can now tour the deserted, crumbling island as well. Read more…

Strange Portraits Created by Combining Multiple Shots of the Same Person

If the book Frankenstein were written about the subject of photography, then French photographer GrĂ©goire Cheneau would be Victor Frankenstein and his Altered States portraits would be Frankenstein’s monster(s). Upon first glance, many of the portraits seem to be harshly-lit shots of ordinary — albeit strange looking — people. Upon closer inspection, however, you start noticing that there’s something off about them.
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Creepy Portraits Show Subjects with One Head, Two Faces, and Three Eyes

You know those Photoshopped optical illusions that involve combining two photos of a person’s face — one straight on and one looking to the side — into a single bizarre shot? Quebec, Canada-based photographer Ulric Collette put a spin on that concept with his new portrait series titled “Facade.” Instead of using negative space and two completely different angles, Collette had his subjects turn their heads slightly to the side for the second shot, and then merged the two photos together by aligning one eye from each shot.
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Photographs of a New York City Plunged Into Darkness After the Storm

After Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City earlier this week, photographer Randy Scott Slavin ventured around various areas that had been plunged into darkness due to power outages. He shot eerie long-exposure photographs that make the city look like a ghost town. The series is titled “NYC Unplugged.”
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An Eerie Time-Lapse of Seattle Minus All the Humans

Ross Ching has created a new people-less time-lapse video for his Empty America series. The featured city this time is Seattle, Washington.
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Eerie Hidden Mothers in Vintage Photos

Did you know that in vintage tintype photographs of infants mothers were often present in the photo but hidden by a veil? Subjects needed to remain still due to the longer exposure times required back then, so mothers were often asked to hold their children tightly while the portraits were being exposed. It was common practice back then, but the resulting photos are pretty eerie when you look at them now.
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Amazing Photographs of Apocalyptic Miniatures by Lori Nix

Lori Nix is a photographer that works with miniatures and models for surreal scenes and landscapes. Her work reminds us of the photographs by Matthew Albanese that we featured a while back. Her project “The City” depicts eerie abandoned buildings in an apocalyptic world:


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