Houston Roderick: Horror Photography

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Houston Roderick is a photographer who has lived in Chicago for the last 10 years.  He has had an interest in photography for as long as he can remember, as well as art in general. He believes that because photography is slightly more realistic you can relate to it more when you see it, the reason he gravitated towards it. He explains –  I always put some forethought into my pictures like with the clown pictures I found the model and did all the makeup myself.”

He is involved in every stage of creating his scenes, including props and costume design. He shoots on a Canon Mark II 5D and uses either a 50mm 1.8 or 35mm 2.0 lens. His techniques are fairly varied, sometimes only involving minimal post processing with colour, and sometimes taking the form of compositing multiple pictures together or manipulating small details. Houston explains – “I think all that matters is that the end result looks good, however you get there is going to be different for everyone. I am mostly influenced by things from my childhood or from my immediate environment and I would love to travel a bit more to see what I can come up with on the spot.   I feel like I am just starting and I definitely intend to do more horror related stuff in the future.  I think our society is so good at maintaining stability that unsettling art or anything that makes you feel afraid is important to remind you what it feels like to be vulnerable.  This is something that has always fascinated me.”

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Check out more of Houston’s work here.