Does anyone besides me see something just a little creepy about sock monkeys? Those staring button eyes, the perpetual red grin. Put them in the right context and they can be positively chilling.
With Halloween approaching, during our honeymoon I took my new wife to Providence in Rhode Island, home of H.P. Lovecraft, and took her on a tour of some very haunting environments. One of these is the churchyard of the Cathedral of St. John’s Episcopal, a place with a great deal of history not to mention being one of the haunts of Edgar Allen Poe himself.
Now enter the sock monkey. JoDee had just acquired it as an amusing wedding present from a close friend and decided it needed to be photographed. I couldn’t help but oblige when she placed it on a nearby grave stone. The idea of the sinister doll is quite the horror story staple, and inspiration followed rapidly. :)
This shot was taken with my Lensbaby Spark. The bokeh effects of this speciality lens truly suited the scene. Later on, Topaz Black and White Effects was used to create a second layer, some of which was erased with a soft eraser tool to preserve the little guy’s original colors.
Exposure Data: ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/125