William Mortensen, Master of Early Era Horror Photography

October 21st, 2014|Categories: Classic Celebrities, Erotica

William Mortensen is an art historical hero not well known to the masses. Mortensen began as a Hollywood artist; a contemporary of Cecil B. DeMille who worked in everything from set decoration to costumery. He was a photographer too, and as the jack-of-all-trades grew more popular in the film industry, he was able to photograph the likes of Jean Harlow and Peter Lorre, the resulting images ending up in glamorous magazines and bestselling books. Except Mortensen was no typical portrait artist.

Influenced by the burgeoning genre of horror film growing inside studios like Universal in the 1920s and ’30s, he produced portraits that were more nightmare than reality. Manipulating his images with printmaking techniques and rather primitive collage-like practices, his artworks looked like paintings rather than photographs. Given the subject matter — monster primates, transfixing nudes and anything occult — it was just easier to assume the former. His non-celebrity imagery had no limits, as he obsessed over torture, death and unbridled sexuality. (text from here)

Artist Charles Addams

October 21st, 2014|Categories: Art

Charles Addams created hilarious, spooky cartoons that are such macabre fun, and this time of year is the perfect season to enjoy them! Below is a selection of illustrations featuring The Addams Family, from his book Drawn and Quartered.

Unintentional Art in Celebrity Candids – Winona Ryder

October 20th, 2014|Categories: Celebrity Candids, Fashion

As far as style moments go, this picture of Winona Ryder in 1991 is iconic. She’s at the peak of her 90′s iconography all pale and goth and high waisted jeaned.

LouLou, Gigi, Charlotte and Cara by Sebastian Faena

October 20th, 2014|Categories: Erotica, Fashion Models, Fashion Photographers

Sebastian Faena is a master of the subtly erotic.  Using vintage inspired black and white photography, languid poses, expressions of joy turning into ecstascy, he presents couture-clad models looking gorgeously sexy.  When a modern style is needed, his ability to capture the model’s personality comes out, and he engages the viewer through their direct eye contact.  Both these shoots are perfect examples of his talent.

Loulou Robert, Gigi Hadid And Charlotte Free by Sebastian Faena For Porter #5 Winter 2014

Cara Delevingne by Sebastian Faena for John Hardy Jewelry, Fall 2014

 

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Corpse Bride (2005) & Frankenweenie (2012)

October 20th, 2014|Categories: Film

Tim Burton’s animated films are a perfect mix of horror, romance and whimsy. We like to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas every October when we carve pumpkins. Both Sally from Nightmare and the Corpse Bride herself are excellent costume inspirations. The feature length remake of Burton’s Frankenweenie short breaks my heart and maybe isn’t the best movie to watch in October when you want your heart racing, not breaking, but it fits perfectly with his fanciful love of the macabre also highlighted in Nightmare & Corpse Bride.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Corpse Bride

Frankenweenie