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Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

Can a simple picture of a building in Chicago make the hair stand on the back of your neck stand up?  Does someone have to scream or appear with a light illuminating their expression visible dread with a light shining under their chin to spook you?  Definitely the post needs scary music, so if you turn that on, you will have just enough eeriness to read this post.  Go ahead, click.  HEHEHE  Don’t be afraid…

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Riding in a tour boat up and down the Chicago River on a clear, 80 degree October afternoon did little to inspire uneasiness.  But the curve of this building makes it seem like a tall cardboard centerpiece curved just slightly so that it doesn’t fall off your table into the bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy – very irritating, if not eerie.  Of course, who uses a thin piece of cardboard as a table centerpiece?   But that’s another issue.  Sooner or later, you know this building is going to tumble, and you wait uneasily hoping that it won’t fall while you are near it, or when it is full of people.  If I was in this building instead of looking up at it, I would feel some butterflies.  I know Randy would!

Superhero RandyAs it was, I just hoped it wouldn’t topple on our boat.

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If I were writing horror films about otherworldly I might make not-so-subtle changes in my photo to help create bit of mystery.  I think Alfred Hitchcock might be able to work some magic with this black and white photo.  He might add some birds or a space ship in the sky, or some people on the roof, but I could definitely see this being the start of something eerie.

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Adding layers in Photoshop altered my building in the blink of an eye.  Some of them looked more dreadful than others.  I think this one came out of an alternative universe, or from Jupiter, at the very least.  While it may not inspire the supernatural, green sky is definitely strange and unnatural.

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This looks more like a comic book horror story from the 1930s.  The building has no dimension to it, and the contrast with the sky is a simple matter of using complimentary colors of yellow and purple.  It’s horror from a simpler time, which then wasn’t simple at all.  The enemy of a super hero lurks just behind the building waiting to push it over on our incredible protagonist.  You can see its breath at the upper left of the picture.

For more eerie sights click on the word SCARY.

 

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    • Thanks for the nice comment, Jilanne. We loved the architecture in Chicago. I couldn’t think of anything I had that was eerie, so I made something from nothing. Since then I’ve seen some amazing photos are really eerie stuff! 🙂 Have a great day.

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