Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.–Stephen King
I’m not a person who loves horror films or is enthralled by the macabre. In fact, I still vividly remember a visit many years ago to a dissection lab at Downstate Medical Center. My boyfriend who was studying nursing there took me on an impromptu tour. Let me also add a significant detail–we went immediately after lunch. Those decomposing corpses will be forever imprinted in my memory with a mixture of fascination and horror. (And yes, I married that nursing school student. Love does conquer all.)
So, for this week’s photo challenge, here’s my definition of “creepy” in 4 shots.
Image #1: Imagine my surprise when I saw a pair of mismatched eyes staring at me when I got off the subway at the Chambers Street stop in New York. Isn’t it disturbing that the eye color and the shape don’t match?
Image #2: I was walking through the Chicago Cultural Center and thought I had stumbled on a crime scene. The victim’s body was outlined on the floor and a drawing of the dead person was hanging on the wall. Even the pattern of plants and trees on the window shades added to the creepiness. But, then I learned that this “room” was in fact an installation by two artists, Miller and Shellabarger, from their exhibit “Again Gone.” Their artwork is inspired by acts of violence and their aftermath.
Image #3: This statue stopped me in my tracks earlier this week. Isn’t it unsettling that the female figure is grasping the severed head so casually? This statue is currently on display at the “Dionysos Unmasked” exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Image #4: And finally, from the same exhibit, here is a close up of a satyr, who cavorted with Dioynsos, the Greek god of wine. Dioynsos was also honored by the Romans, who renamed him Bacchus and gave us the word bacchanalia–a perfect descriptor for a drunken orgy. Note the satyr’s pointed ears and massive, furrowed brow, as well as the child’s hand. Creepy, aren’t they?
Are any of these photos “creepy” to you too? Which one?
Have a lovely (and not creepy) week, everyone! Do you like horror films and the macabre? Or, are you like me and prefer to keep creepy things in the smallest possible corner of your mind and in your life?