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photoblog image Zyrynology: Transylvania on 17th Street

Zyrynology: Transylvania on 17th Street

 

There was no a Halloween pumpkin carving contest at the office that year. To fill the artistic void, I decided to take a scary photograph in lieu of dealing with a messy vegetable. I shot spooky things displayed on people's front yards, but nothing satisfied me, and then...

 

I've been passing this silly Dracula mannequin, staring through the window, almost every day that week. My reaction, after a quick glimpse, always was a sour grin: silly stuff, who cares. This time I already passed the dummy, but something made me look back. The minute I saw the building reflection in the window, I knew I had a shot. The rest was a matter of technique, picking the proper angle to frame Prince Vlad's uneasy face into a reflected window. Voila, an eerie image of bloody Dracula looking through the EarthLink building window in search of a pretty woman's neck.  The spider web-like stained glass on top adds a bit to a spooky atmosphere.

 

Happy Halloween everybody!

 

Zyrynology: Transylvania on 17th Street

 

There was no a Halloween pumpkin carving contest at the office that year. To fill the artistic void, I decided to take a scary photograph in lieu of dealing with a messy vegetable. I shot spooky things displayed on people's front yards, but nothing satisfied me, and then...

 

I've been passing this silly Dracula mannequin, staring through the window, almost every day that week. My reaction, after a quick glimpse, always was a sour grin: silly stuff, who cares. This time I already passed the dummy, but something made me look back. The minute I saw the building reflection in the window, I knew I had a shot. The rest was a matter of technique, picking the proper angle to frame Prince Vlad's uneasy face into a reflected window. Voila, an eerie image of bloody Dracula looking through the EarthLink building window in search of a pretty woman's neck.  The spider web-like stained glass on top adds a bit to a spooky atmosphere.

 

Happy Halloween everybody!

 

comments (15)

  • makoto
  • Japan
  • 30 Oct 2007, 01:09
clever work! it's a little spookysmile
vz-nostalgia: It's so clever- it's spooky. Is that what you're saying, Makoto? smile
  • Lesley
  • Montreal, Canada
  • 30 Oct 2007, 02:22
Great catch and idea! Amazing the way you managed to frame him like that.

A bit spooky how the word "through" got blacked out...you'd almost think there was a ghost at work. wink
vz-nostalgia: It was, Les, it was. I tried different fonts, changed it to bold, to cursive...nothing worked. This spot was cursed!
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Oct 2007, 02:58
Spectacular and complex composition, VZ, and a fine description of how it came into your possession.
Halloween is the annual "event" about which I am least excited.
Your Vlad is a messy eater.
vz-nostalgia: I don't know, Ray. After looking at some traditional Thai masks, this Halloween stuff looks quite innocent. smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 30 Oct 2007, 07:54
The red frames of the windows are a perfect accent to Vald. The framing is great as are the lines and effect created by the wood. Love the spider web designs and the interlocking circles in the leaded glass. Ingenious composition with much symbolism!
vz-nostalgia: Looks like you approved, Ms. Kathryn. smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Oct 2007, 09:07
Very good - I like the contrast between the new brick building and the "victorian" stained glass. Frames and compliments the subject perfectly.

As to the random text censorship, that is so spooky I am not sure I believe you Mulder! ;o)
vz-nostalgia: You, distrustful Thomas, you. Should I die on a cross for you to believe? Is that what you want? smile
It looks perfectly fine in the Edit format.
Clever shot. Fantastic composition. I`m glad you turned back. (:o)
vz-nostalgia: It's not easy for a man to turn back, Roz. We, men, go ahead without asking for directions, even if we are lost. smile
Your Persistence paid off!
vz-nostalgia: I'd prefer my pay in cash, Nigel smile
LOL! This photography of the reflection del Count Drácula has hidden one amused history of the "making off"wink
Happy Halloween!
vz-nostalgia: You too, Jose.
  • Florence
  • From the castle of Dracula !
  • 30 Oct 2007, 11:33
I'm too frightened to talk !! Funny picture indeed ! smile
vz-nostalgia: Silencio, Ms. Flo. He's coming! smile
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Oct 2007, 13:00
I thought it was a self portrait at first LOLsmile.
What a great spot for you this is stunning.smile Happy Halloween.
vz-nostalgia: If I post a self portrait, you'll be running for your life, Ms. Tracy! smile
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 30 Oct 2007, 13:20
I love this one. I love vampires and Halloween, so that's part of it. I notice it's the Earthlink building that is reflected, and not Vlad. I wonder if you took the shot the other way around if Vlad's reflection would have NOT shown up in an Earthlink window, since vampires are not supposed to have reflections. Even mannequins, I've heard.
vz-nostalgia: A clever thought, Ms. Beth. It has never occured to me to look at the EarthLink building windows for the Dracula's reflection. Or may be it wasn't there in the first place? smile
  • Mal
  • stuck behind a computer all day
  • 30 Oct 2007, 18:51
the reflection is so vividly strong VZ, had you not explained the capture I would have been struggling to work it out. Happy Halloween to you. mal
vz-nostalgia: Cheers, Mal. You too.
Ahhhh. Wonderful find. Boo very scary.
vz-nostalgia: Boo back to you, Gail.
Scary! I'll be looking over my shoulder for the rest of the day smile
vz-nostalgia: ...in hope to spot another reflection of the Count? Good luck, Scarlet. smile
  • Sumegha
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Nov 2007, 12:28
MUCH more scary than the actual dummy.. Nice composition! smile
vz-nostalgia: You know better, Ms. Su. You passed it by not once as well. smile
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