It takes a special kind of talent to make an audience flinch with a single image. It’s an instinctive thing that you either have or you do not. Horror photographer A.M. Ewings has it in spades, and his audience is growing by the day. In fact, with over 1.4 million followers on his horror photography page, you might call his popularity a phenomenon, a wave that show no sign of ebbing anytime soon.
It only takes a few seconds browsing the gallery on his Facebook page to see that the man knows just what screws to turn to create tension. Each image is a gut punch to the senses, visceral and violent. Moreover, his recent adventures with 360 photography are nothing short of inspired.
The photographer started delving into dark art about four years ago, creating scenes that make the skin crawl and designing characters that are the stuff of nightmares. It’s clear in these early images that Ewings has a keen eye for the unsettling, and that eye has become razor sharp over time. Take the following image for example.
Not only is there genuine menace from the robed character (with a face reminiscent of the demon from The Exorcist), but his very presence seems to effect the girl with or without her direct knowledge.that this dark being is there. This is all related directly to how Ewings creates his photo, a process that starts long before a single image is shot.
I had the good fortune of chatting with Ewings about that process recently, and he gave me a glimpse into how he creates each image.
“My mind is always on the go,” he explained. “Sometimes I come up with story I want to tell and then build the character for that story. Other times, the character is built and then I create their story.”
Character creation is a great joy for the photographer and he even remarked that he would love to some day spend his time creating characters for film. Ewings currently has a cast of 13 characters, each with their own distinct style and brand of fear. And there’s something here for whatever scares you.
Aside from still photography, Ewings has been making a name for himself in the realm of 360 degree photography and video and medium has only intensified the already visceral experience of his photography. It’s one thing, for instance to open a photo of a bloody scene, and quite another when, with a tilt of your phone or a drag of the mouse, you realize the killer is still in the room and standing right behind you.
The immersive medium has boosted his already large following and one of his super creepy clowns even recently gave a shout out to iHorror and you can see it by clicking on the image below.
You can also get a feel for his 360 VR videos below.
The photographer clearly has his own distinctive style and voice and it will surely continue to serve him well. Don’t forget to follow his photography page on Facebook and check out his YouTube Channel for more videos!