Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Vampire a Day... Vampires and Crucifixes

Vampires, Churches and Crucifixes

When you think of vampires, what color comes to mind? Black? Red? Somewhere in between?
Red is the color of blood, vital to a vampire's existence. Black is the color of darkness, a space in which vampires usually live... Or so the story goes.

"Sea of Red" Vampire Photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Another aspect of a vampire is the crucifix. We believe that vampires are afraid of the crucifix, of garlic and, of course, wood. Or maybe vampires use this belief to add to their dark mystery and to humans' related fear.

Sea of Red (or Seeing Red, as an alternative title) is an image I used as cover for my new book, Vampire Fantasies; it is my interpretation of the elements of blood and crucifixes associated with vampires, through a portrait of a hooded vampire holding a golden crucifix as if to defend himself from something or someone outside the visual spectrum of this image, something or someone we, as audience, cannot see... maybe we can only imagine. The red enhances the blood-thirst element,  a vampire's constant companion.

Thanks for reading.
Alina Oswald
Author of Vampire Fantasies

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