Learning Objective: Students will portray the idea of spooky, creepy or peculiar through mood, lighting, subject and digital darkroom techniques, NOT by merely photographing symbols of spookiness and Halloween.
Photography inspiration: Diane Arbus.
Diane Arbus was an American photographer noted for photographs of marginalized people—dwarfs, giants, transgender people, nudists, circus performers—and others whose normality was perceived by the general populace as ugly or surreal.
As a class we discussed what makes things CREEPY vs. what is HORROR and gruesome. The video below about "Why are things creepy?" was a great starting point for a class discussion. We came to the conclusion that creepy is being on edge and in suspense about what to expect next. You want the viewer to be intrigued and be able to use their imagination.
The author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children had an interest in weird and mysterious vintage pictures, and after first planning to put them together in a picture book, he eventually settled on weaving a narrative around them — the story that became Miss Peregrine's. Riggs states, "Each photo is an unsettling little mystery — and I like them that way."