Of all the images I made on my recent trip to the old mansion, this one was perhaps the creepiest. The figure of the decapitated Mummy was standing at an ancient sink, it’s taps covered in dust and cobwebs, and written on the mirror were the words “Save Me”. Close by, on the wall to the left, someone had written “Hell”. This was my final shot of the day before leaving the house.
Those of a certain age will recall the TV mini series “Salem’s Lot”, from the late 1970s. It was the story of a vampire, whose lair was in a spooky old mansion called The Marsten House, a place filled with fear and shadows, death and decay. The mansion in this image reminds me very much of that series and its scary house. Be that as it may, the place has provided me with opportunities to make some wonderful images, many of which are here on my website, although it has also given me a few chills along the way.
My favourite dereliction location is a very old and deserted mansion set deep in the countryside, a place of emptiness and stillness.
Every time I have been there, I have found wonderful new images to create. This image of the Mummy was one of them.
Having made two colour versions of the scene (the same subject but quite different photographs, rather than simply reprocessing of a single image), I went on to create this monochrome image.
I felt this really suited the subject matter and I am pleased with the final result.
What lies beyond the door? Who has closed it, and why? And is the viewer inside or outside the room, in front of, or beyond, the door?
A trawl through the archives gave me a chance to reprocess this image, taken in a deserted mansion a while back. The composition isn’t the best, but had I moved any further into the room, I would literally have fallen through the floor – which was already detached from the walls of the room and beyond which I could clearly see the room beneath. Sometimes you just have to make the best of what you are given.