Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Vampire a Day...: Burning: Photographing the Burial/Death of a Vampire

A Vampire a Day...: Burning: Photographing the Burial/Death of a Vampire
Blood for Thought

How do you kill a vampire?

Over the centuries and generations, we've learned from works of fiction and nonfiction that it's difficult to kill a vampire. In novels like Ann Rice's Interview with a Vampire, vampires could be killed while exposed to natural sunlight. But years later, Stephenie Meyers' Twilight Saga let us believe that natural sunlight not only doesn't harm a vampire, but it glitters against its skin in a million diamond-shaped stars.

Still, even in Twilight Saga vampires get killed... by other vampires. So, how does one vampire kill another vampire? It breaks it into pieces, and then it burns the remains.

How can a photographer visually suggest the death--burial, if you want--of a vampire? As always, I believe there are many ways. Creativity knows no limits.

One way I envision representing the death of a vampire is by photographing a group of silhouetted individuals against a huge fire, to suggest they are watching the burning of a vampire. Or just photograph a huge fire, or, even better, a shape engulfed by this huge fire.

Silhouetted "Witnesses to a (Vamire) Burning" Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved.
"Witnesses to a (Vampire) Burning" shows actually silhouetted people watching live lava burning and taking over the asphalt close to Hilo, Big Island of Hwaii. Copyright 2010 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
PS: I took the above images near Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii, as I was watching the lava burning and flowing, engulfing everything--trees, pavement, plants--on its way to the ocean.

Happy vampire photographing!
As always, thanks for visiting.

Alina Oswald
Author of Vampire Fantasies, a collection of vampire-related photography

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