Oh, the Hor­ror!

Pho­tog­ra­pher cel­e­brates 31 days of Hal­loween

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Mor­ri­son el­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

One lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher is show­ing off his love of scary movies with a new project, “31 Days of Hor­ror.”

Ben­jamin Martin, of Ben­jamin Martin Pho­tog­ra­phy, said usu­ally each Oc­to­ber he and his friends get to­gether to watch a scary movie ev­ery night. This year in­stead they have been get­ting to­gether to cre­ate a scene from a dif­fer­ent movie from Martin dressed as Ge­orgie hold­ing a red bal­loon from “It” to one of his friends sus­pended above a bed in a scene from “The Ex­or­cist.”

“I wanted to do some­thing to push me out of my com­fort zone,” he said. “I love Hal­loween.”

Martin said hor­ror films are his fa­vorite types of movies. His fa­vorite is “Scream” which he por­trayed on Day 6.

His friends help out by hold­ing props, shoot­ing pic­tures

and be­ing in some of the pho­tos.

In his nor­mal work, Martin is a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher. He also shoots en­gage­ments and bridal por­traits. His work is typ­i­cally bright and happy.

Martin has had his busi­ness for nine years and has lived in Sa­line County for five. He works pri­mar­ily on lo­ca­tion.

While he loves what he does, this project gave him the chance to get back to

some of his more artis­tic work he did when he orig­i­nally started shoot­ing pho­tos.

“It kind of brought me back to why I started pho­tog­ra­phy in the first place,” Martin said.

One of Martin’s goals with this project was to do many of them as self por­traits. He said he is in quite a few of them, but not as many as he orig­i­nally planned.

Martin said he un­der­es­ti­mated just how much work it was go­ing to take to do this project. It takes him hours to plan each shoot and more time to ac­tu­ally pull them off.

“It has been a big ef­fort with all my friends,” he said.

He loves that he has been able to do a va­ri­ety. The pho­tos are not just typ­i­cal gory hor­ror. There are some he de­scribes as more whim­si­cal and oth­ers he feels are beau­ti­ful. He didn’t want any of them to be bloody and scare any chil­dren who might see them.

Martin joked that the one true hor­ror of the process was when he spilled fog ma­chine juice in a $4,000 cam­era ru­in­ing it. His up­side to that dis­as­ter was that it forced him to switch to a dif­fer­ent style of cam­era that he needed to.

Martin plans to fin­ish off the series to­day with a scene from the movie “Hal­loween.”

Other movies in­cluded were “Us,” “The Shin­ing,” “Car­rie” and “The Ring.”

He has al­ready had many re­quests to buy the work. He is look­ing into mak­ing pho­tos avail­able for pur­chase, pos­si­bly in a photo book.

While he plans to take a break from these types of pho­tos for a while, he is con­sid­er­ing an­other series in the fu­ture.

The pho­tos from this series are avail­able to view on the Ben­jamin Martin Pho­tog­ra­phy Face­book and In­sta­gram pages.

Martin’s work and in­for­ma­tion about us­ing his ser­vices can be found at www.ben­jam­in­mart­in­pho­tog­ra­phy.com. Any­one with ques­tions can fill out their in­for­ma­tion and he will try to get back to them within 24 hours.

Spe­cial to the Sa­line Courier

Lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Ben­jamin Martin chan­nels the char­ac­ter Ge­orgie from “It” for the first day of his “31 Days of Hor­ror” pho­tog­ra­phy series.

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