horrifying self portrait

Boulder Gothic

this was a lot of fun to shoot. but when i set out to create this image – inspired by Grant Woods’ American Gothic – i had no idea how frightening we would look. i am accustomed to disliking photos of myself – but egads!!! rather than exactly replicate the work, I have represented what I remembered from seeing it.

a few things i learned:

  • be careful what you wish for
  • there are only three homes in Boulder with gothic windows  (there is one home with a Gothic window in Gold Hill, but it wasn’t on the second floor.)
  • post-production is everything when it comes to meeting the standard of your mind’s eye (the actual work isn’t quite as doom and gloom)

if we do this again, i think i will select less grim subject matter. something a bit more uplifting.

venus on the half shell anyone?

Happy Halloween!




This entry was posted in boulder, colorado, fun, inspiration, portraits.


  1. Denise Perreault November 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    I think you both look fantastically eerie in front of our house! You can photograph our house ANY time; we love your work.

    • dana November 5, 2012 at 10:12 am #

      Denise – Thanks so much for dropping by. We are so glad you approve. Cheers, Dana and Steve.

  2. Gail Storey March 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Oh this is so wonderful I’ll bet you heard me screeching from here! As someone who has you take all my author photos for everything, I can vouch for your extraordinary expertise with post production. I only wish you’d walk around with me and make me look photoshopped in real life! ;-D

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