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Photo Theme #65: Horror

This is a part of the 100 Themes project (read more about it in this post), and this theme happened to coincide beautifully with this weeks theme on Fotosöndag (a Swedish group on Flickr). Here is my take on:

You Wont Take Me Alive


I didn’t want to go for the horror film genre, with blood and guts and the like (although one day I will get the props and take some gruesome photos, that would be fun), so instead I opted for the emotion of horror.

I wanted a sterile, desaturated background, with the pose of the women and the red shoes in focus. Is she trying to crawl in to the oven, or is she being sucked in?


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Photo Theme #75: Mirror

This is a part of the 100 Themes project (read more about it in this post), and it’s the first photo with a theme from the list. I decided not to do them in order by numbers, but rather in order of inspiration, hence I’m starting this off with number 75. I will collect all of the pictures on this page (link up in the header), but of course, so far, it’s only the one. Here we go.

“A mirror is an object with at least one reflective surface. The most familiar type of mirror is the plane mirror, which has a flat surface. Curved mirrors are also used, to produce magnified or diminished images or focus light or simply distort the reflected image.”

– Wikipedia

I decided to interpret this theme rather as the thing it was, instead of going overboard with some sort of deeper deconstruction of the word and all it’s possible metaphors. I wanted to get started, after all, and it’s supposed to be a fun and simple project to get your creativity going.

So, I needed an actual mirror or a reflective object, and Jed, who works a lot with 3D models and lights and shadows, gave me idea of photographing a sphere.

What I like about this photo in the end is the fact that it is sort of a self-portrait; what is reflected in the sphere (yeah, a plastic x-mas decoration) is me standing in the neighbourhood where I’ve lived for 13 years now (actually it’s exactly 13 years this month). The houses in the background were built in the 1940’s, and were built as service apartments for those working in the Ericsson main factory.

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Also: SNOW. We’ve had a harsh winter this year, and it was even worse last year, and it feels like it will never end. And this might be the one small metaphor I’m willing to ascribe this picture.

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Challenge: 100 Themes

I’ve been thinking about challenges lately, I think they are a good way to get some drive when you want to engulf yourself in something, in this case (to no one’s surprise by now) photography. The creative and talented Tess is considering doing this 100 Themes Challenge on Deviant Art, so I think I found my project. I will blatantly steal the list and apply the themes to photography instead. Thank you, Tess and Deviant Art!  ;) Tess is going to use all sorts of creative and crafty mediums to do the list, a big mix of everything (photography, sketching, sewing, paper craft, jewelry making), so cool, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

Here is the link to the challenge on Deviant Art, all of you fantastic drawing artists, check it out! (Ping ping, Lania!)  Or why not my gifted writing friends? (Ping ping Oakfairy). And you awesome photographers, go for it! (Ping ping, Mia*).

The challenge has no time limit, but I think I’d like to at least confine it to this year. I’ve decided that the themes does not have to be followed in a certain order. I’ll pick at random, that seems suitable.

Here is the list of themes:

1. Introduction
2. Love
3. Light
4. Dark
5. Seeking Solace
6. Break Away
7. Heaven
8. Innocence
9. Drive
10. Breathe Again
11. Memory
12. Insanity
13. Misfortune
14. Smile
15. Silence
16. Questioning
17. Blood
18. Rainbow
19. Gray
20. Fortitude
21. Vacation
22. Mother Nature
23. Cat
24. No Time
25. Trouble Lurking
26. Tears
27. Foreign
28. Sorrow
29. Happiness
30. Under the Rain
31. Flowers
32. Night
33. Expectations
34. Stars
35. Hold My Hand
36. Precious Treasure
37. Eyes
38. Abandoned
39. Dreams
40. Rated
41. Teamwork
42. Standing Still
43. Dying
44. Two Roads
45. Illusion
46. Family
47. Creation
48. Childhood
49. Stripes
50. Breaking the Rules
51. Sport
52. Deep in Thought
53. Keeping a Secret
54. Tower
55. Waiting
56. Danger Ahead
57. Sacrifice
58. Kick in the Head
59. No Way Out
60. Rejection
61. Fairy Tale
62. Magic
63. Do Not Disturb
64. Multitasking
65. Horror
66. Traps
67. Playing the Melody
68. Hero
69. Annoyance
70. 67%
71. Obsession
72. Mischief Managed
73. I Can’t
74. Are You Challenging Me?
75. Mirror
76. Broken Pieces
77. Test
78. Drink
79. Starvation
80. Words
81. Pen and Paper
82. Can You Hear Me?
83. Heal
84. Out Cold
85. Spiral
86. Seeing Red
87. Food
88. Pain
89. Through the Fire
90. Triangle
91. Drowning
92. All That I Have
93. Give Up
94. Last Hope
95. Advertisement
96. In the Storm
97. Safety First
98. Puzzle
99. Solitude
100. Relaxation