road-tripping the end of the world

the ten days of cthulhu

In H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu, the principle character encounters a young artist who, during the period of March 23rd to April 2nd, 1925, dreams endlessly of the sunken city of R’lyeh, where the ancient one, Cthulhu, slumbers in waiting. Many others at this time share the same nightmares, culminating when suddenly this artist takes to a feverish coma of sorts – and when, halfway around the globe, certain other dread happenings raise R’lyeh to the surface and awaken the elder god from his sleep.

The Ten Days of Cthulhu marks this period between March 23rd and April 2nd, enacting a version of Hoodoo crossroads rituals fused with Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. This series of composite images were photographed at midnight on each night during the period in question, and were processed the following day. Anomalies in these images were created entirely through in-camera techniques, principally using (relatively) long-exposures and a great deal of running around looking very, very strange. Post-processing of these images was limited to exposure adjustments and stitching of the component photographs.

Our neighbours were probably just a bit terrified.

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 1)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 2)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 3)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 4)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 5)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 6)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 7)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 8)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 9)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 10)

Details:

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 6) (Detail)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 9) (detail)

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