With Halloween upon us, we’re caught up in the costumed side of horror. Fake blood trickling from the corners of mouths that sport plastic vampire teeth, ghostly apparitions made from white sheets (and plenty of imagination), invasions of makeup-covered zombies. But, to paraphrase Edgar Allan Poe, terror is not of any stories, but of the soul. Sometimes the greatest horrors are not supernatural, but the things that are the most real. Being alone. Being stripped bare. Being trapped. Being face to face with the darkest corners of our own minds.
In the absence of context, horror-props, vampires or demons, Luca Meneghel’s (lucameneghel.com) shoot Horror leaves the viewer to draw their own conclusions about what true fear is, and about what kind of terror is haunting the shoot’s protagonist.
Featuring model Sophia Hirtenhelder, with makeup and hair styling by Sabine Gutwenger, it’s a shoot you can indulge in fully by visiting the gallery above.