Romantic underwater photography. Still life scenes meticulously created in huge dark tanks of water then photographed. Artist statement:
This series revisits the work of the 17th century Dutch masters using period props, food and real insects including butterflies that I breed myself. Each carefully staged underwater scene is captured in-camera, using subtle distortions of light and movement from the water’s own wave energy to create a unique and painterly effect without either traditional or digital post-production. The subjects appear to be floating in a black space which neither interferes nor disrupts the subject matter but interacts with it within this void to offer a serene and dreamlike sensation.
Hedi Xandt is a German-born artist that mixes styles and materials with talent. The artist invites the viewer to discover his dark and intense universe with his new macabre artwork. The above pieces are a series that the artist refers to as “skull-ptures”. They combine the aesthetics of naturally shaped bone with state-of-the-art and experimental production techniques. The pieces remind me of the old craniometers that were used to measure the external dimensions of skulls.
Lake Natron in northern Tanzania turns animals into statues. The lake can reach a temperature of up to 50 degrees Celsius and its alkalinity levels vary between pH 9 and 10.5. Only some extremophiles, like the Alkaline tilapia, live there. All other creatures that mistakenly ‘crash’ into the most caustic lake on Earth, are turned into calcified versions of themselves.
Photographer Nick Brandt visited there and took these eerie images of birds turned into statues after ‘crashing’ into the lake. Birds turned to stone.
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Eery Abandoned Doll Factory, Spain
Hundreds of molds and casts are stacked against the walls, over tables and on shelves, making this huge abandoned doll factory an overwhelming space. Limbs, heads and bodies of unassembled dolls are strewn around the dilapidated building, making for a creepy and macabre atmosphere. The deserted factory has a haunting and overwhelmingly creepy feel on all three of its stories.
Furniture, masks and other odd items were also to be found among the doll limbs and bodies when the photographer explored the place, with the upper floors packed with discarded doll molds and pieces. There is something about seeing a discarded unassembled doll, with its head just a few inches from its body, quite unnerving.
Judging from the hundreds if not thousands of molds scattered about the factory, as well as the many packages full of valuable dolls’ limbs and hair, it must have closed quite rapidly. They certainly didn’t take the time to remove any of the factory’s contents. Overall, this abandoned doll factory is one of the most eery empty spaces around.
Creepy Art in Abandoned Psychiatric Hospitals
For a project entitled “1,000 Shadows,” Brazilian street artist Herbert Baglione invaded abandoned hospital wards in Madrid, Paris and other undisclosed locales to add ghostly shadows to the already eerie buildings.
Spindly, stretched ghosts emerge under doors, float through windows and emerge out of objects’ shadows.
Creepy Relics Left Behind at Abandoned Veterinary School
The relics of a historic building’s past are always a coveted find for urban explorers seeking to document the ruins. But this abandonment is not for the faint of heart, nor the animal lovers among us.
Arguably the weirdest location, L’école de Médecine Vétérinaire in Brussels, Belguim is a macabre warehouse of pickled animal organs left behind when the faculty relocated to other premises in the Belgian capital. Left to gather dust well beyond the reach of sunlight, jars containing animal lungs, hearts, brains and other morbid specimens sit on shelves spanning entire walls in the abandoned veterinary school.