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Simon Marsden’s Photography

Posted in Death, Photography with tags , , , , , on October 31, 2016 by elgrayso

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Simon Marsden (1 December 1948 – 22 January 2012) was an English photographer and author. He is known best for his uncommon black-and-white photographs of allegedly haunted houses and places throughout Europe. The first of his works were published in photography periodicals at the end of the seventies. Two grants from the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1975 and 1976 allowed Marsden to undertake extensive journeys throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, photographing the architectural subjects and varied landscapes he encountered.

Marsden’s particular interest was “eerie” motifs like graveyards and old ruins, as well as the legends and tales that are often connected with these places. Yet the gloomy atmosphere of Marsden’s pictures is not based on careful choice of the motifs alone, but to the same degree on Marsden’s photography technique, which included the use of infrared film. Marsden’s photographs already became world-famous and are exhibited at a large number of museums. [from Wikipedia]

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Aeron Alfrey

Posted in Art, Satan with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2012 by elgrayso

Aeron Alfrey is a very interesting artist who uses collage and photography to create his hauntingly detailed black and white worlds. His work reminds me of a modern Joel-Peter Witkin using Photoshop as his medium

Hidden Mother Photography

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , on September 10, 2012 by elgrayso

This was a practice where the mother, often disguised or hiding, often under a spread, holds her baby tightly for the photographer to insure a sharply focused image. [from Hidden Mother Flickr group]

    You can see more hidden mother photography here.

Sugar Rice Krinkles

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2012 by elgrayso

Justin Bartlett

Posted in Art, Satan with tags , , , , , , on August 13, 2012 by elgrayso

 

Café de L’Enfer (Hell’s Cafe)

Posted in Photography, Satan with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2012 by elgrayso

A hot spot called Hell’s Café lured 19th-century Parisians to the city’s Montmartre neighborhood—like the Marais—on the Right Bank of the Seine. With plaster lost souls writhing on its walls and a bug-eyed devil’s head for a front door, le Café de l’Enfer may have been one of the world’s first theme restaurants. According to one 1899 visitor, the café’s doorman—in a Satan suit—welcomed diners with the greeting, “Enter and be damned!” Hell’s waiters also dressed as devils. An order for three black coffees spiked with cognac was shrieked back to the kitchen as: “Three seething bumpers of molten sins, with a dash of brimstone intensifier!” [from National Geographic]

Haunted Air: Halloween Photos 1875-1955

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2011 by elgrayso

Happy Halloween! I thought I would celebrate by showing you some really awesome photography. Haunted Air is a brand new book (released in the last few days) of Halloween photos taken between 1875 and 1955. I don’t own this (yet!), so I can’t say too much about it, but I will say the photos I have seen immediately reminded me of the old school creepy masks found in some of Diane Arbus’ work. The book is appropriately introduced by none other than David Lynch.