The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

I often find inspiration for my work in cinema or books of fiction(apocalyptic, horror, scifi, etc.).  At the moment I shot this, I was not sure what film or book I was going for, but I knew that once I got home and put on some proper music (in this case from the group Morcheeba), I’d get into my creative groove.  It’s actually interesting how the music I listen to while post-processing or shooting will influence how I work my image, though I usually do not listen to music when shooting (I need to be listening closely to the sounds of the creepy places I visit to see if I need to make a run for it).  Somehow, while listing to my tunes and post-processing, I found myself thinking about the classic German Expressionist film directed by Robert Wiene, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari). That movement that produced that film went on to spawn two more classics: Metropolis, by Fritz Lang, and Nosferatu, by F.W Murnau. I think processing this shot with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari in mind now gives me the motivation to try to come up with some pieces that recall Metropolis and Nosferatu. I think I might have a good candidate for the former, but know for sure I will need to come up with something special for the latter, Nosferatu.  For now, enjoy The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari!

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


~ by exposedbythelight on June 27, 2010.

4 Responses to “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”

  1. Awesome shots. Your last few shots have been incredible, it’s great to read the insight into your inspiration. Love your aggressive attitude in such scary and dangerous places!

    • Hi Matt. Thanks very much for those cool comments. I really love shooting in these places, especiallyq when you have no idea what you might encounter. The day I shot that, I had to make a quick escape from one of the buildings. We’re about to go shooting at Beelitz today, and security there had tightened considerably of late following a spate of deaths there, mostly gravity related.

  2. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari…

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