I’ve been wanting to do something creepy for Halloween, and came up with this composite. I’m very fascinated by the idea of the spirit and out of body experiences also known as astral projection. On the one hand, I have difficulty believing in such things as angels and demons, yet the fear of possession and the loss of a soul seems very real to me. How can I have a fear of something that I don’t necessarily believe in?
We met early, planning to enter an abandoned building for our photo shoot in Knoxville. I’m always out in search of new locations, and as of last week the place I’d found was still open enough to sneak inside. However, when I arrived on the scene the other morning I found the building boarded up from the outside, and had to act quickly knowing that Justin was making a 3 hour drive to be here. But, I knew of another location, one that was unassuming from the outside, but had wonders untold on the inside. It was as simple as conferring with the management and getting the go ahead to use the space. I’m not sure we were working within the parameters of the space they’d permitted, but no harm was done and the photos look amazing. This is just the first round of edits and there will be more to come! Photography: Kelly Grzasko Model: Justin Merker
I was very interested in the sociological tone of the image. The phone being like a ball and chain, a weight which tugs at her and intertwines itself around her body. There’s a struggle like that of an addiction that is relevant in the contemporary sense but with the ironic aspect that this phone is unlike any other she would have used in her own lifetime. So again, there is this contrast of antiquity and modernity. What does it say to you?
Jonathan and I attempted to find the burned down cabin area where Evil Dead was filmed many years ago. (Morristown, TN) Of course, we didn’t find it, but we did find some really creepy abandoned cabins and sheds. #evil dead