Underground car-parks can be creepy places at the best of times. Even in the middle of the day, they’re the kind of place where the sun is blocked out and the only noise is the clicking of your footsteps punctuating the air. You keep your keys in your hand as you walk to where you left your car. You think you hear a noise and you spin around, but it’s just your own echo rebounding through the vast concrete space. You walk faster. Your heartbeat quickens even though you tell yourself there’s nothing there. You just want to get to your car, get inside, and lock the door behind you. But what if your car isn’t there?
It’s an unusual concept for a fashion shoot but Dalton Louis dares it. The Terror Within plays on that fear of being alone in a dark car-park. Only in this scenario, the protagonist of this cinematic scene finds the whole garage abandoned and, as she searches for her car, her panic slowly grows to intense and all-consuming terror. It’s like she’s stepped into a parallel world where everything is deserted.
Louis leaves his shoot there. But if it were real life we all know exactly what would happen next: you’d realise you’re just on the wrong level.
Now don’t try and tell me you haven’t done that before…
Starring Lacee Teel and styled by Saraa Green, you can view the full shoot by Dalton Lewis (daltonlouisphotography.webs.com) at the gallery.