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!

    Suharwan, NaiJoE, Kris Kros, and 108 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. postpurchase 68 months ago | reply

      superb work! excellent work (you have more patience than i)

    2. Ride My Pony [deleted] 67 months ago | reply

      Wicked!

    3. farlane 67 months ago | reply

      Holy cow Shane! That's extreme!!

    4. Studio Troll I Ord 64 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called STIO, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    5. ~Blue [deleted] 64 months ago | reply

    6. bahketni 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Masterpiece Theatre, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    7. danyboy234 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Best of Flickr!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    8. Eddi van W. 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called NNA - Not Nice Art, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    9. Eddi van W. 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative Commons - Showroom, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    10. onefamousdog 58 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called hades, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. kamilegs7 57 months ago | reply

      this is effing sick!!!!!!!
      nice job

    12. don´t blink 55 months ago | reply

      Hell´s geography is the perfect pool for this great picture, please join us:

      www.flickr.com/groups/hellsgeography/

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    13. bobbie_lost_in_space 55 months ago | reply

      Hello,
      My name is Boryana and I am a student at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. I am currently taking Advanced Multimedia Technology Unit and I am working on project using Adobe Flash. I would like to ask for your permission to use the picture of standing at the gates of hell from the url below:
      www.flickr.com/photos/shanegorski/2802001013/

      The project is entirely for academic, noncommercial purpose. I would appreciate if you could email me at bobbie_a@iprimus.com.au. Thank you in advance.
      King regards,
      Boryana

    14. Aventoe 54 months ago | reply

      Congratulations on this impressive shot. I think you'd like to know I used it on my blog (in Portuguese, "Um Lugar Para Escrever", meaning "A Place To Write", at aventoe.wordpress.com), to illustrate a post on fire brigade inefficiency. Credits are below the post and linked to your page. I recently created a blog in English ("Keyboard Times" at cadantine.wordpress.com). Many thanks!

    15. lordmiklaus 45 months ago | reply

      lovely ! nice job !!!(by the way... rest in peace Ronnie).

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