you ever captured anything other than gravestones and statues in your cemetery pics?
If I told you
a couple of ghosts and that I had the proof, would you believe me?
Back in 2004 when I started
taking photographs, I was reviewing some of the photos and I could clearly see two heads peeping out at me from over a tomb.
I couldn't believe what I was seeing and to this day I'm unsure as I'm such a skeptic.
I've revisited these tombs and although there is a father and son buried there, I think that
it's the coloring of the tomb wall that gives the outline of the heads and the engraved letters that make the eyes.
There was also a large weedy plant and its stalk rises up and it is this that makes it look like two heads.
Ghosts or not? You decide!
Do you photograph cemeteries only in your immediate area, or do you
travel to other places?
Whenever I travel I'm always on the lookout for cemeteries and graveyards. One
day I will visit London as they have so many wonderful Victorian cemeteries and I long to visit these. I
bet I could spend a couple of days easy just taking photographs.
Recently I toured Romania
and their graveyards are totally different from what we have over here. Lots of wild flowers make the graveyards
so colorful and the majority of headstones are metal crosses.
Tell us about your dark portraits.
Who are your subjects? Do you offer this service to the general public?
Friends and my family are my
subjects. I often laugh as my photo album is like one that the Addams Family or the The Munsters would
be proud to own.
Inspiration for my dark portraits stems mainly from the old Universal
Horror movie posters that featured Dracula, Wolfman and Frankenstein's monster. One image of my boyfriend
Luke reminds me of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's Monster.
have to give credit here to my friend who is also called Amanda. She loves posing for me and I don't
think that it is obvious that many of the dark portraits are of her. Amanda is also a fantasy artist in
her own right and her work can be seen over at Deviant Art. http://lamiafemina.deviantart.com/
I've not been lucky enough yet to have taken a dark portrait of a public person.
Perhaps people are scared of me revealing their inner demon?
I once took a photograph of my sister and it disturbed her that much that I'm forbidden to ever
show it and she will never look at it again.
What does your family think of your love of horror? Do they support your
choice of genre?
My family don't really have anything to say about it. My mother is a big fan
of Stephen King and loves a good horror film. She thoroughly enjoyed 'Wolf Creek' where as I had
to turn it off as it was too much for me to handle. I don't like gore and torture like that and I have
only watched the first 'Saw' film and will not watch any others.