A-S 285: Lens Art
Digital Prints; 11×8 Inches
I started by thinking about what I wanted to do for my surrealism project. I always refer to the supernatural in this case. The scenery and the props I used in my photos I thought added a great detail of fear, mysteriousness, and anxiety. I created this place where bad people and occurrences happen. Anyone who goes in this house doesn’t come out.
The baby masks are used for the new members of the house and nearly all compositions have it. The story starts with a curious girl who goes to the house. She hides from the members of the house, scared, but she is inevitably caught. The next scene is a composition of that monster in your closet. This house has its monster and its where you go when initiated as a new member of the house. I feel as though I have depicted a true sense of fear and anxiety in the shots I took. The third is an interaction between two members of the house. A character listens to the other character who talks while concealing a knife. This shows that new members of the house aren’t always trusted so the character with the knife feels that they shouldn’t trust the newest member. The newest member of the house is depicted in the rest of the photos, giving in to her new way of life, luring a family member black cat away from his home and hiding in her hiding spot under the staircase.
The baby mask and dark elements were a big part in making the scene feel scary. I’ve been influenced lately by Eugene Meatyard who is a big photographer in surrealism. His main theme involves concealing the face to show emotion in a multitude of things. I also get an influence from the time of the year which Is Halloween right now. The main themes I show from these photos are themes of family, dark emotions, anxiety, and a story; If the photos are set up in the right order: two masked and one unmasked people, the door, the interaction between members, the cat luring, and hiding in the closet. The visuals in the project I feel give a strong representation of these elements.