GOYA Shootout For The Crew :: "Fear"

January 31, 2010 | GOYA

We had so much fun with the last GOYA shootout that we are back with another one!  Here’s the rundown…

We rented the Candler Mansion last week for three days of personal shooting. This personal project required a lot more resources than my old OneLight minimalist self could handle so we called on a number of people to come in and help with this project. We set one day aside for all of us to grab some gear and shoot anything we wanted. We had an amazing team assembled of photographers, models, hair, make-up, and wardrobe on hand. At the start of the day we chose one word that we had to shoot an image for. The word chosen was “fear”. Six photographers worked on their take of “Fear” and now you, our wonderful blog readers, are going to let us know who did the best job capturing the theme of “fear.”

Voting is open until midnight EST, Friday Feb. 5th. You can vote one time per day per IP address. The identities of the photographers and the photo they took will be revealed when we release the results on Saturday.

Here we go…

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a drill down of the images for easy reference…

Please use the following poll box to vote.

Feel free to critique us in the comments!

Who best captured the theme “fear”?
Photographer A
Photographer B
Photographer C
Photographer D
Photographer E
Photographer F
  
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The winning photographer will receive a $50 gift certificate to B&H Photo and the winning model will receive a $50 gift certificate to Anthropologie. If I win (which I am fairly convinced I won’t) then the crew has to take me to lunch!

Cheers, Zack

PS – GOYA = Get Off Your A$$!




Discussion

  • Jack Pope said on January 31, 2010

    I was tempted to vote B over C but I feel like I’ve seen B before in horror movie previews. So I voted for C because it is more original. Good job everyone!
    -Jack

  • Amber said on January 31, 2010

    Oh my gosh. SO hard to choose. These are so creepy, the lighting is fantastic in each of them!!! I love your GOYA posts they’re inspirational.

  • Katja Alieva said on January 31, 2010

    I’m sorry, but they are all terrible… Models are overacting and their body expression has nothing to do with fear.
    I could only vote B, but like Jake Pope said above “I’ve seen it before”
    /Katja

  • Sherri said on January 31, 2010

    I’m excited! Another great initiative from Zack!

  • David said on January 31, 2010

    LOVE C, when you see the reflection in the mirror initially it takes you by surprise, a very powerful image!

  • Steven said on January 31, 2010

    Awesome. Ironically, my wife has been watching horror movies all day, so I think I can judge with confidence. I can’t wait to see who the winner is!

  • Sylvère said on January 31, 2010

    Even though C doesn’t really show fear, its creepiness does account for an unsettling feeling such as fear induces. Anyhow, C absolutely deserves to win. :)

  • Katja Alieva said on January 31, 2010

    gosh.. my previous post sounded negative.
    Don’t get me wrong – I think the idea is great, and so are the pictures (lightning especially!), but in my opinion it’s unfortunate that some of the models are overacting.

    cheers
    Katja

  • Steven said on January 31, 2010

    Photographer F stands out as the winner to me. Looks like a fun place to shoot. It conveys the emptiness of the space and leaves you guessing without being over-dramatic.

  • Brad said on January 31, 2010

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    Great images guys, I love all of these. What an amazing location too to have at your disposal.

    Just an observation: the theme was “fear”, which is a really intense, uncontrollable emotion. But I’m not feeling the “fear” when I look at these shots.

    Here’s my take on what I saw when I looked at each photo:

    Photo A: Corpse, death.

    Photo B: Paranormal, sci-fi.

    Photo C: Paranormal, “possessed”.

    Photo D: Fear-like, but the model looks bored!

    Photo E: Depression, substance abuse, “rock bottom”.

    Photo F: Looks like a model in a big space! :P

    That’s my take on the series….I really like these photos but I haven’t voted because there wasn’t a photo that said “fear” to me.

    .

  • Rhonda said on January 31, 2010

    Yay! I hated to miss this day but I’m so excited to see these shots! Everyone did great. Very creepy.

  • Kurt Stenberg said on January 31, 2010

    I agree C all the way! At first I didnt notice the refelction and think its possible other viewers may miss it a vote B. A good choice as well but C is very original, to me at least, very creative and eerie indeed. Great work.

    Otherwise for a quick critique without dwelling, I found A to be a little tilted to the left right away which distracted me from the picture and I just kept thinking “is it me… or is this picture not straight?” Great work everyone! Would have been a great time!

    Take care,

    Kurt Stenberg
    http://www.stenbergphotography.com
    Sylvan Lake Alberta Canada

  • Emily Murdock said on January 31, 2010

    OK so I LOVED “A” and the use of framing. To me, that was the most creative and the most interesting! But as far as the theme of “fear,” I had to say that “c” struck the most fear in me. My heart did a little jump when I saw the “reflection!”
    Well done, photographers, bravo!!!!

  • zack said on January 31, 2010

    Good points made about the interpretation of fear. Here is what we could use though as a basis of interpretation…

    1. a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.

    2. concern or anxiety; solicitude: a fear for someone’s safety.

    3. that which causes a feeling of being afraid; that of which a person is afraid.

    It was the job of each photographer to decide how to make an image based on what fear meant to them or to the subject.

    It was also the job of the photographer to direct their subject into the proper emotion. Here they become more of a director than a photographer. The more difficult it is for the subject to hit the pose/face/emotion then the harder the photographer has to work.

    At the end of the day maybe it is ultimately the viewer who decides what is fearful and what is not. Makes you think huh?

    Cheers,
    Zack

  • Chris Bergstrom said on January 31, 2010

    B. Was the scariest for me. Sort of Zombie like as in Gimetzco or Shaun of the Dead. I love the themes overall, but B was the scariest for me Zack.

    Chris

  • Raji Barbir said on January 31, 2010

    No question:

    PHOTOGRAPHER C

    Straight out of a horror movie.

  • andy said on January 31, 2010

    I definitely have to go with C. For some reasons the idea of a mirror reflection NOT doing what I do has always freaked me out. Don’t label me a girly fella, but I actually got a chill on that one.

    I think they are all good, even though B is a little cliche. Talented group all around though!

  • yitzy said on January 31, 2010

    F IMO!

    A: Vandalism, a dead man…no fear anymore…

    B: a hand on a window…i’m not scared

    C:if not for the messy walls i would ALMOST think its a wedding shot..
    the eyes (reminds me of “supernatural” TV show) and the mirror make the photo a little scary…

    D: really like the shadow on the wall
    but the model looks very unnatural…

    E:A sad, crying girl
    but not scary

    F: A girl, alone, walking slowly in a big dark room
    and she looks very AFRAID
    good job to the photographer and model

  • Char said on January 31, 2010

    I think the expression on the face of “E” shows complete fear of what might or is about to happen.
    “C” is just plain creepy.

  • Ken said on January 31, 2010

    ‘C’ will keep me up tonight.

    Thanks guys…

  • Chris said on January 31, 2010

    C is fantastic. Such a creepy image.

    Zack, you give me good ideas for contests. Thank you.

  • james said on January 31, 2010

    Nice photos, but I think these shots are of “scary” rather than of “fear”. If I was trying to sell “fear” to people, I feel that none of these photos would really work.

  • Broderick said on January 31, 2010

    Definitely B! That freaks me out, minimal and gets the point across

  • sunith said on January 31, 2010

    B is the winner for me. It is cliched but well executed and portrayed the theme the best. I can imagine a psycho killer about to knife the victim and her hand splays on the wall.. D is the funniest, like in a horror spoof movie. the model in F looks like she is dancing, it is a shame, cause it is a mighty spooky room.

    My fav image among the lot is the photographer C. Great concept, but I can’t relate it to the theme.

  • Joshua said on January 31, 2010

    Yeah, like Jack, I like B, but feel as if it’s been used way too much in popular media recently. “B” executed it quite well, and I like the wide view, but “C” conveys Fear through a different view than is usually conventional in this context. I think it speaks much more because of it.

  • zed said on January 31, 2010

    to me C is prbbly the strongest photo, great idea and all, however it doesnt SAY fear to me, it says something like clever little detail in the mirror. for visua aesthetics I#d have picked C. but I didnt. I picked E, bcause it actually looks as if someone goes thru the emotion of fear. on a subtle way but nevertheless. we all show it differently, and i like the extra effort of the smoke stuff and lighting setup. the shower thing? mmh, “shoot I slipped in the shower”? prbbly seen it too many times. The image again doesnt say fear, we prbbly just associate fear because of the films that have that exact motif.

  • Ricky Law said on February 1, 2010

    C is my choice. B reminds me of one of the scenes in titanic movie =/

  • Glyn Dewis said on February 1, 2010

    Although ‘B’ has been seen before, this is just so well executed, so it’s definitely my winner. That being said, if I had to pick the ‘best’ photo without thinking of a theme…now that would be hard.

    Great job guys ;o)

  • Gordon said on February 1, 2010

    I’m with Katja, Brad and the rest on this…None make me think of fear in any way. So I can’t vote this time

    There is no doubt some are great shots in their own right and they make the viewer think of emotions but for me none say fear.

  • Billy said on February 1, 2010

    “C” gets my vote.

    The shooting angle, the hand on the neck, the eyes, and – of course – the mirror.

    Creepy.

  • Ned said on February 1, 2010

    A wins for me ‘cuz it leaves more to my imagination…who is this dude…wtf is he doing…praying to Allah…why is he there…I’m getting the hell outa there…

  • James Arendell said on February 1, 2010

    I voted for “C” but I agree with many of the above comments on that too many seemed “Too Staged”

  • Mario Wellyhans said on February 1, 2010

    i voted for B, i think B is the best photo to represent the word FEAR itself. the mood and light that showed in the picture is perfect for me i guess.

  • Brian Davis said on February 1, 2010

    I think it’s between B and C.

    I like C because it’s refreshingly original, but B is a very powerful and dominant image that jumped out at me. I’m sorry to say that all the others looked a bit staged or cheesy to me.

  • Felipe said on February 1, 2010

    Hmmm… tough choice, mostly because I don’t think any of the pictures really shows “fear”.
    A: Looks too serene, peaceful. Maybe if it was a double exposure (with the guy, then again without him) to make him ghostly or something. :/

    B: Well taken, but I can’t help feeling I’ve seen it before.

    C: The shiny dress is a bit distracting, her face doesn’t show fear (though her arms do), and the reflection in the mirror looks pasted on in photoshop.

    D: The model looks like she’s just being goofy, the photo ends up being funny.

    E: Looks more like a bad trip. :P

    F: This one looks like a shot taken during a play, not really fearful either.

    I ended up voting for B.

  • Dennis Pike said on February 1, 2010

    I think a lot of them were kind of… idk, obvious. lacking subtlety. That being said, I voted for B, but I think that photographer C did an excellent job as well, I was torn. I also think that C showcased the best technical work.
    B’s just seems to be more “fearful” because I think we fear the unknown

  • Chris said on February 1, 2010

    ‘A’ is my winner. I love the fact that the body is laying perfectly in the rectangle of the carpet and the POV of the camera is where it’s at. Its like i’m trying to get out of there and killer is taunting me. very creepy.

  • Spencer said on February 1, 2010

    I think I’ll vote C but E reminds me of a blind date I had once.

  • Frank said on February 1, 2010

    B looks like the Left 4 Dead video game billboard. Great picture just feels been there done that… C is my choice, the picture has views to be discovered and has a creepy feeling to it.

  • mannedspace said on February 1, 2010

    A==wrong exposure for a ‘fear’ shot.
    B==seen it, over done shot.
    C==my pick.
    D==See B.
    E==just bad makeup does not equal ‘fear’.
    F==See B.

  • Molly said on February 1, 2010

    I agree, I think the models did a poor job with their facial expressions. They look really fake. The lighting and composition is great, but the models have ruined the images. The hand- yes that’s been done many times over, but it does have a sense of fear and of being alone.

  • damien said on February 1, 2010

    C all the way. reflection in the mirror makes it.

  • Otto Rascon said on February 1, 2010

    I really dig “C” for fear, but I voted for “B” due to its ability to make the viewer use their imagination. But F is an amazing photo as well. I love the space and darkness that overtakes the model. All of these are solid. Rock!

  • Josh Hofer said on February 1, 2010

    B is the clear winner in my eyes.

  • Martin said on February 1, 2010

    I have to agree with some of the previous posters. Not feeling any ‘fear’ here. If you’re trying to portray ‘something that scares you’ then maybe B, or C. I think a decent art director would have helped gel the ideas. Even the best photographer needs someone to keep everyone grounded in reality and on track for a concept shoot. The photographic and lighting work is good in most of them. C is the best concept shot but again if the concept is ‘fear’ then it’s still off base. Sorry but no vote for me.

  • Heinz said on February 1, 2010

    NO QUESTION BBBBBBBBBBB

  • cindee bae said on February 1, 2010

    It was a close call between B & E but ultimately, B!! :)

  • Sakarias Ingolfsson said on February 1, 2010

    C was the first one that really caught my eye, and the one I voted for. It’s simply a little sickening.
    For different reasons I must add that I also liked both D and F, but they do not really catch the theme that well.

  • Christopher said on February 1, 2010

    I voted C for its creepiness, but none of them really rang with an emotional fear.

  • Kjartan said on February 1, 2010

    I don’t think any of them says “fear”. They all seem like pretty standard ho-hum I’ve-seem-this-before poster pics.

    I’d expected to see something a bit more out of the box from you guys.

    Somebody who’s afraid of making a speech in front of an audience for instance.

    Somebody about to jump out of a plane with/without a parachute maybe…

    A stack of tax forms to be filled out OTOH would strike fear into just about anyone!

  • zack said on February 1, 2010

    Kjartan – We were all out of airplanes that day. :)

    Cheers,
    Zack

  • chris.h. said on February 1, 2010

    B and C are the obvious best ones for me—although I think F is the best image there–I love it!

  • Scott Coulter said on February 1, 2010

    C was the only one that came close for me. That mirror is just creepy.

  • Joe C. said on February 1, 2010

    I really loved c, to me the fear wasn’t the emotion in the picture but rather the emotion the picture aroused.

    Plus I’m a sucker for mirror manipulations like that :x

  • Duluk said on February 1, 2010

    I agree with most of what is said here. They don’t really say Fear. (these comments have nothing to do with the ‘pure photographic’ qualities of the photos (i.e., lighting, composition, etc))

    I’d have to go with C, but it a) is more creepy than fearful and b) reminds me of Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir’s work.

    B does have some fearful qualities, but like others have said is hackneyed.

    I don’t see anything related to fear in the others. D looks like a spoof. The model in F looks like she’s skipping around the room with a smile on her face holding an S&M whip or ball-and-chain. (it’s probably my favorite photo of the bunch though :) )

    Just my half-pence.

  • Chuck D said on February 1, 2010

    B… Because I have seen all the “Saw” movies.

    C… I have seen “The Ring” movie also.

    D… Classic “B” Movie Poster.

    I have no connections for A,E,F.. Not feel’n these photos.

  • zack said on February 1, 2010

    I’m really glad to see all of the discussion regarding whether or not we hit the theme “fear”. That’s going to be fodder for the next project.

    Cheers,
    Zack

  • Bob W said on February 1, 2010

    I love “C” and I think the concept rocks!!! But I think that if the girls switched roles, it would be even more powerful. The eye’s of the main model would really be powerful in the mirror.

  • Zootsuit said on February 1, 2010

    These are good shots, though I agree with others that feeling fear is largely absent.

    I think part of the problem is that with fear, familiarity blunts the response. With another emotion (love, lust, rage, …) if you appeal to our existing imagery, it will actually help get a stronger response. But thanks to horror movies we’re all pseudo-fear experts and the response to something seen before is ‘Meh.’ It’s tough for a single image to convey something new yet recognizable and scary all at once.

  • Trudy said on February 1, 2010

    Photographer A kicked ass. It’s the only one that actually made me feel afraid. The way the stair rails frame the image makes me feel like I am a voyeur looking at the crime scene…or worse, the person who did it looking back at their work. It gives me a really chilly feeling that I like, hehe, being a forensic drama fan and all. The contrast is great, very dramatic. By far my favorite image!

  • Tom K said on February 1, 2010

    I think if I were an art director and asked for photos of “fear”, I’d be really disappointed with this lot.

    Don’t get me wrong, the photos are great. But there is a big difference between taking photos of things we might be afraid of vs. taking a photo of FEAR.

    I agree that it’s a hard brief. Fear is intangible and can only be seen by reading the emotional reaction on faces and in body language. Fear can’t be seen in a hand on glass, for example….and it can be difficult to have a model act “fear” without it looking like surprise (photo D).

    Good photos guys, but I think you should have a reshoot if the brief was “fear”! Too many people seem to be voting just because they like a particular photo, and not thinking about the brief :)

  • Bernie said on February 1, 2010

    I voted for C as the best concept but I thought the eyes could have been done a little better.

  • Beau Mitchell said on February 1, 2010

    Photographer B

  • meg said on February 2, 2010

    Love “c” , voted for c, but Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir did it better!

    (totally enjoyed all the images having said that, thanks!)

  • Amanda Keeys said on February 2, 2010

    I am really not getting “Fear” from any of them. As simplistic as B is, I think it fits the theme the best.

  • Charlie Clift said on February 2, 2010

    I’m going with B. Fits the theme the best and tells the best story.

  • Simon Andrews said on February 2, 2010

    C is great. It definitely has a creepy feel to it. The zombie eyes don’t add as much IMO as the deadpan faced reflection.

    The feel from the other images for me is this:
    A – A guy listening to music with no creepy factor but a cool CD art type pic.
    B – A computer game cover (Left for dead)
    D – Celebrity redo of a classic movie scene. More fake “tongue n cheek” creepy
    E – Strobist
    F – Doing the Charleston, no panic or creepyness.

    B comes in second but lacks the spark of originality. I like them all and am just critiquing harshly :)

  • Zoltan said on February 2, 2010

    Nice Photos
    First we must decide who is afraid the subject or the viewer?
    1.If the subject must be afraid:
    A. the fear may be in the past before he is anded dead.
    B. I can assume that somebody who needs help is afraid too.
    C. Concentrating on some paranormal thing, and “the second thought” in the mirror is a little bit concerned. Fear could be in the future when the paranormal operation fails.
    D. The most eloquent fear of the subject, unfortunately seems fake to me.
    E. Here the fear must have been in the past now is sorrow.
    F. unfortunately the subject is to small for this resolution, could be also dancing.

    2. If the viewer must be afraid:
    A. fear of the dead, death. Death is a frightening issue.
    B. fear for my neighbor who may be in big trouble.
    C. to pretty to fear her … and yet, those eyes…….to pretty……and yet, those eyes
    D. someone wants to kill someone, but again fake
    E. fear that someone beloved could end up like this.
    F. fear from darkness and what could be behind.

    I enjoyed looking at this pictures, but fear was not my first impression(Once I looked at the pictures and then I read the text) except the D picture

  • willem said on February 2, 2010

    The word was “fear”, not “original” so B it is

  • J Frost said on February 2, 2010

    How we interpret something is a reflection upon our own thoughts and feelings as well as our willingness to search within and pay closer attention. Fear can exist in a million different ways, not just in how we expect to see it.
    Instead of relying on my initial thought that pops in my head, I’m willing to spend more time connecting my own “fears” to these images.

    A. Brings me to an uncomfortable place- the fear and dread of seeing another loved one lying, arms folded, in a casket. I connect The dilapidated aspect of the room to the emotional wreck I have felt after losing someone.

    B. Nightmarish image that screams…Help! Captures that little glimpse of a moment: to make a move out of desperation before inevitably being paralyzed by the enemy. I relate this feeling with weaker beings who are forced to succumb to stronger forces.

    C. Brings me back to a few dozen people I had the haunting pleasure to interact with while working at a mental hospital. This image screams mental illness to me, and abuse of many sorts. Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Depression, drug addiction. On the outside, (represented by the girl in the mirror)these individuals look mentally healthy. But inside they are haunted by the darkness of their condition that medicine, therapy, etc often does nothing.

    D. She looks like she really isn’t 100% frightened, but rather curious with her eyes fixed right at it without a convicted fear. This is intersting to me. It makes me think of when we are more intrigued by scary things even if they have the potential to ruin us.

    E. I’ve seen looks like this many times. She is about to strike and lash out on anything and everything because she is utterly broken. This is a very real and scary place.

    F. It seems like the photograph was taken the instant she notices the scary thing and is about to run. It makes me anxious, not knowing what it is that she sees, which makes me put in all kinds of my own monsters in the image. The room is dark, empty, unusual and eery. The light coming in on the right really grabs me. Really the only place out of all six images that shows a real and deliberate glimpse of hope from the darkness.

    Thanks for striking something within me.

  • Meghan said on February 2, 2010

    I don’t understand why everyone is critiquing the word “fear” so much. I thought it was open for interpretation? The idea being that everyone takes the one word and shoots something that either:

    A. Scares them
    B. Scares the viewer
    C. Portrays fear

    You know what I mean? How can one quantify, “Yes, THAT is fear but THAT is not.”

    Ah well. I’m not the photog here. I can appreciate more what was being done, I suppose, because I was there at the location and then heard about how much fun everyone had.

  • Jon Curtis said on February 2, 2010

    @Meghan…..valid comments.

    I want to throw this out there tho: photogs need to be aware of their audience when they make images.

    I think one issue is that this GOYA is a personal project that’s become public. So what the photog might personally interpet as “fear” gets lost when put in a public forum. As creative directors are fond of saying, if a picture needs to be explained to people then it’s missed the mark. That’s the difference between taking a personal photo and taking a photo for a public audience.

    Fear, as in a portrayal of the emotion of fear, is widely recognisable. Abstractions of the theme of fear won’t be so widely recognised and will need explanation.

  • Craig Ferguson (@cfimages) said on February 2, 2010

    Photographer D’s shot reminds me of a shoot I did a couple of months ago. We used a collapsed shoot-thru umbrella for the “knife” and 3 different color gelled speedlights down a corridor for a little extra B movie effect.

  • Ben said on February 2, 2010

    B would have done it for me if there was blood splattered on the window or something; as it is, it reminds me too much of a scene from Titanic to evoke a sense of fear.
    I chose D as it’s the only photo that really says fear to me,even though it is slightly cheesy, and even though I feel that the others are better from an artistic and a technical point of view.

  • Ben said on February 2, 2010

    update having read all the reviews: D is indeed scary movie type funny fear, but it’s the only photo where I would attach the emotion “fear” to the model.

    Personal opinions:
    A= reflection
    B= steamy love making (titanic)
    C= confusion (mirror face says compassion to me)
    D= fright/fear (even though cheesy)
    E= ??
    F= About to discover a lost world

  • taurui said on February 3, 2010

    C creeps the hell out of me – imho, the best photo of them all. But damn, B just keeps yelling “fear”! I voted B for the sake of the topic, but I still think C is the best!

  • Paul said on February 3, 2010

    C – definitely.

  • Eric said on February 3, 2010

    They all seemed overlit to me except for C, my prejudice and preconceived notions of the Fear theme show up.
    I really liked where A was going just needed a better angle and composition or mix of the stairs and dead body.

  • Cati said on February 4, 2010

    Well, it’s been difficult. Being that B was quite cliche (but well executed) and I
    - found no emotional connection with A
    - didn’t really see fear on D’s expression
    - thought E was more depressed than fearful
    - didn’t feel that much about F

    I went for C because I really couldn’t get my eyes out of those creepy eyes… and that reflection in the mirror… whoa. I mean… I hope I don’t have nightmares tonight. I never saw horror or suspense movies as a child. Too sensitive lol.

    Great work, great idea. Loved that.

  • Mike Kang said on February 4, 2010

    In horror, less is always more.

  • Joost said on February 5, 2010

    A. “The Hangover”
    B. “Titanic”
    C. “Mirrors”
    D. “Scary Movie”

    Haven’t found movie titles for the last 2 yet.

    Agreed on the somewhat disappointing expressions of the models (sorry), and on the fine execution otherwise in some pictures.

    I was in doubt wether to go for B or C, but I think B fitted the Theme more. If in C the reflection had a more dramatic look it would’ve won me over.

  • @davidmonnerat said on February 5, 2010

    C, then B for me. detracting from some of the other ones were the subjects more than the execution. c was a good concept, well executed. i think b was, as well, but as some other folks said, just the cleverness of C takes it for me.

  • april said on February 5, 2010

    picture D is really bugging me, she looks too fake for this shot, though the lighting amazing! B, is well executed. Well done

  • Dade Freeman said on February 6, 2010

    For me it was a choice between B & C.
    I liked the lighting and fell to B.
    I really liked the more creative approach of C and it would have gotten my vote if the face showed more fear or gave me the impression of fear.
    eitherway – very creative shot

    but B tipped it for me ;)

    well done to all contenders

  • Randall Douglas said on February 7, 2010

    A and c are the only ones that do anything for me. C has me focusing on the mirror and seems kind of gimmicky as an idea. I guess I go for a because it seems truest and recalls the somber edgey mood of early zombie/horror flicks in the surreal moment before you know it’s a zombie flick.

  • Joshua Fernandez said on February 10, 2010

    i voted c because the rest of the options can and may be seen in well maybe not normal circumstances but reasonable situations. if you’re a samaritan you may even opt to help those poor models.

    try seeing a pupil-less woman whose reflection at a mirror is staring at you. darn it, why do most starring-at-you ghosts have to be this hot?!

    i’m no cinematographer but i would’ve burned the background a bit to accentuate the gritty walls and used a snoot with light from below to give it more spook.

    now burn that in your memory before going to bed tonight.

  • Joe Federer said on February 18, 2010

    No pupils = teh win!

    But they are all such different ‘feels’ — individually, they hold something… but the better ones, I feel, are the ones that illicit something further, more creepy.

  • Mark Brown said on March 26, 2010

    Ok, they may to some extent err towards the B-movie style of fear but I love the different takes and it appears to me to be something fun and not something to get to intense about.

    I also love the idea of the GOYA shootout and think it’s a good way to improve technique and focus and learn off the other people around you. It might be something I’ll look into doing in the future.




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