Artist Statement

 

Vampires and Wolfmen

Henry Pittock

Henry Pittock

My series Vampires and Wolf Men includes monumental portraits of individuals from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as vampires and werewolves. The legend of the vampire is of particular interest to me due to the subject’s innate romanticism fused with a form of energy exchange—in this case the transference of life from one being to another.

I am interested in the rise in popularity of vampires and werewolves through the filter of the entertainment industry. My work offers commentary and dialogue with our twenty-first century fascination with a subject that is both timeless and of-the-moment.

My photographs were sourced from the Oregon Historical Society and include images from families both prominent and unknown. My decisions to use specific individuals were based purely on facial expressions and features that could be interpreted as mysterious, haunting or strange.

This series seeks to create a myth surrounding characters of the past.

 

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