A quick checkup on the creepy factor

I had this post in draft for almost a week and couldn’t think of anything to say to add to the photo, so I just let it linger there for a while until I came up with something. Anything.

Since it’s been a week and I had no creative writing juices flowing, I’ll just have to put up something. I took this photo while walking around the city last weekend and I thought the scene looked borderline creepy, which I like. Which is to say I like creepy looking photos, especially when I get to take them, but I don’t like creepy things in general. I don’t like horror movies and about 90% of what qualifies for primetime television drama shows these days. Way too much gore for me. I don’t want to fill my head with that stuff before I head off to sleep. Those are more gore than creep, I guess, since things like spiders and old abandoned houses, which are usually classified as creepy, don’t bother me at all. Ok, if the spiders a re large, maybe. 😉

This particular scene is actually through a window of a technical training school. I peered through the window to see if there was anything worthwhile to photograph and I spotted the “dummy” sitting in the chair. I had to go around to another window for a different perspective just to make sure it wasn’t a real person, as it looked quite lifelike. Again, the word creepy came to mind right away. I ended up taking a few sh0ots from various angles, some focusing on the patient a little more but I liked this overall scene the best. Black and white was a natural, of course.

© David Guidas

© David Guidas

  One thought on “A quick checkup on the creepy factor

  1. August 9, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    It’s awesome. And I understand perfectly what you’re trying to say. Blatant gore and “horror” are turn-offs. Eerie, creepy, poignant…..that’s what you are responding to. When it’s just a little “off”. Just a little…..Hitchcock. 😉

  2. August 18, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I did the same thing about five years ago, when passing a hospital room while visiting someone. I had to stop myself and say, “What the hell are you doing? It is just a room.” That room stayed with me to the point that my blog novel opens with a similar theme picture.

    • August 18, 2015 at 11:16 am

      The power of visual imagery. Fortunately I don’t come across too many creepy scenes that will cloud my mind. Thanks.

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