Standing at the Gates of Hell
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Fascination of the unknown is something that lies inside all of us, especially me. I’ve always been attracted to mythology and all types of horror movies. Of all the stories I have absorbed into memory, besides Dante’s Inferno, I can’t recollect someone describing what it’s like for the souls of the damned reaching the gates of Hell. This week I thought about creating a unique photographic piece that served as my interpretation of that experience. Would you scream? Would your skin burn and peel away? Would you slowly and painfully turn to stone to be a toy for the wraiths of the underworld? Would the agonizing cycle continue for eternity?
Don’t worry I didn’t lose my mind! In case you’re wondering, there are no computer-generated effects in this photograph. This is the power of about 80 layers and a week worth of patience. My speedlight was also used off camera and fired into a reflective umbrella to give me the perfect lighting to start it off. Listening to Black Sabbath and Dio helped the process!
Featured in Flickr Explore August 27th, 2008!