The Explosive Horror Photography Of Danielle Tunstall
We've had our fair share of horror tattooers, now let's move on to the others! Meet Danielle Tunstall, self-described ‘horror photographer’.
First thing you have to know about Danielle Tunstall is her photographs don't look the way they are—bloodshed and all—simply for the shock value. Rather, she wanted to create photos that aren't something most people would want to have framed on the living room wall. She wanted to be the photographer you won't want to contact for a typical shoot for a typical portrait you can show to your typical friends. That's because Danielle specialises in photography we can only describe as explosive, expressive, and shockingly beautiful.
Despite the unconventional nature of her works, Danielle insists that they're all purely based from her imagination and tastes. “The evening news is far more upsetting than anything I could ever produce,” says Danielle.
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A self-taught photographer, Danielle initially fancied landscapes but as she matured in her work she realised that she wanted to invoke reaction and to illustrate something that's more than meets the eye with her photographs.
We also notice that Danielle often chooses men and women who don't normally appear on magazines or prints, let alone modelling experiences as her subjects. Interestingly, many of them sport impressive tattoo sleeves and hints of ink.
The photography hobbyist and full-time mom spends her nights working on her craft and long nights of image rendering—some taking nine hours straight—as she puts her personal touches on the images.
“To me portraits are not meant to be just how we look aesthetically, but the experiences we go through that makes us who we are, how we feel emotionally, how our subconscious and minds work,” Danielle writes on her blog.
When asked about her process and her techniques, Danielle simply replied that she's not much for the technical aspects of her work but relies on her creative flow to create striking images. From the photo shoot to the photo editing, Danielle navigates through her senses and lets her creativity take over rather than follow rules and go by the book.
We liked many things about Danielle's works. Mainly her being self-taught and her choice of subjects and how she portrays them. With more photographers like her, we get to see not only the beauty we want to see, but also find beauty in raw emotion and the things not everybody can appreciate in dark imageries.