Thursday, 11 July 2013

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beneath the prison
the flooded dungeon
cthulhu dreams
venomous water moves
in dark currents
fondling trapped souls

screaming



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The images were photographs of small sections of old paintings that were created as part of a Prison series of paintings based on my experiences within the prison system.
Shot with iPhone 4s and processed on iPad 4.
Camera+, Snapseed, Handy Photo, Procreate, and Filterstorm.


I have long been a fan of the classical horror writer H. P. Lovecraft.  His major influences were Edgar Allen Poe, Arthur Machen and Algermon Blackwood. He wrote his "Cthulhu Mythos" stories between 1925 and 1935 approx., and has been a profound influence on many modern day writers such as Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, Clive Barker, and many others. Anyway, having dabbled in writing short stories, and remembering a story I encountered at a prison I worked at in the 1980's, it seemed like a good idea to use the prison and that story as a 'template' for a story based in the Cthulhu Mythos. I have attempted to write this particular short story many times without success, but recently, with my interest in iPhoneography, I though that it would be a good idea to attempt to evoke something of what I perceive to be the mood/atmosphere that accompanies Lovecraft's stories, in a series of images along with a short poem.

The prison story I mentioned described how the prison was closed down in the 1950's or thereabout.  It had a dungeon that had been sealed off for many years, and had flooded.  Apparently a young boy had somehow found access to the dungeon, and had drowned. A very tragic tale. The prison itself was built in the 1850's primarily out of massive granite blocks, that were mined and carved from local quarries. The buildings, prison walls and towers, had, for me, a dark beauty.  It was a strange polarity - one the one hand, it was a prison, housing people that had committed some truly terrible crimes, an ugly place; and on the other hand, the architecture had a unique beauty to it, with characteristics that are only found in such rare and antique buildings.


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