An 80’s baby, raised on horror, movies and comic books. These are some of the many influences that shape my photography and me as a person. My first taste of creating images was as young boy, sketching up comics in my grandad’s drawing books. But instead of a pencil, i now use a camera to create Dark art, alternative, urban exploration and horror photography.
I am a self taught photographer and retoucher/digital artist from the UK. With no experience of any kind i picked up a camera and began to shoot, delete, shoot, delete…and learn. Slowly as my camera skills grew i purchased Photoshop and began to shoot, delete, shoot, edit…..and learn. Within my first year i was published in a magazine based in the U.S.A and featured on numerous horror/dark art websites.
I am now taking the passion, and skills I have learnt, and applying them in to the studio workplace and on location, whilst networking with a community of talented photographers, models and F.X makeup artists. I have many upcoming projects, which supersede the scale of my past endeavours and keep the future of Clinton Lofthouse Photography moving in an exciting and prosperous direction. [clintonlofthousephotography.com]
We asked Clinton a few questions about his work.
When did you first pick up a camera?
I first picked up my camera just over two years ago. I had no prior knowledge, so I taught myself by trial and error, practicing every day. Once I got the hang of using my camera, I then began to teach myself Photoshop , which i have now been using for just over a year and half.
What attracted you to horror subjects?
I have been attracted to Horror subjects since i was a child. I drew my own horror comics, and wrote my own horror stories. The kick start to this macabre view on life was when I accidently watched ‘A nightmare on Elm street’, from behind my parents, friends sofa. I must have only been 5 or 6, but it changed my life forever!
What are your favourite horror movies?
I have too many to pick, but if we are talking horror movies that somehow influenced or impacted my life i would go with ‘A Nightmare on Elm street’ for obvious reasons. Also added to the list would be Evil dead 1 and 2, the latter showed me how humour and horror go hand in hand perfectly. Finally i would say Halloween, a master class in suspense and tension.
Tell us about your zombie survival plan
Well as i am a survivalist at heart, I would have been feverishly watching the news reports, stock piling foods and gathering any available munitions. Once the outbreak hit I would, by bribing people with food and shelter, get my townsfolk to build a giant wall round my hometown to keep the zombie hordes out. And as I live on one of the highest populated villages in England, the vantage point would be to our advantage. Once the wall was built, I would claim my rightful place as the ruler of this stronghold, by 1. killing off anyone who questioned my authority with the munitions i stockpiled and 2. building a giant throne from their bones and shaving my hair into a bad ass mad max style Mohawk!! Hail to the king baby!!
Check out some of Clinton’s work below.