Bradford 'horror' photographer Clinton has focus on the dark arts (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford 'horror' photographer Clinton has focus on the dark arts
Horror photographer Clinton Lofthouse from Queensbury won’t be giving up his day job in a warehouse just yet – despite American magazines clamouring to feature his work.
The 31-year-old, who only picked up a camera two years ago, has taught himself the skills that are now winning world-wide attention for his ‘Dark Art’ pictures on the internet.
Despite the global interest, and already having had some of his work featured in an alternative artsy stateside magazine called Obscure, Mr Lofthouse of Hazelhurst Grove, is a new dad, and says he still needs to keep up his day job to keep his feet on the ground and all the bills paid.
Mr Lofthouse said: “I’ve always been a big fan of horror films – a bit of an addict really. You could say I’m infatuated with Freddy Krueger – Nightmare in Elm Street got me hooked!
“When I was at school I used to draw a lot of stuff like that for comics but got into other things. I scraped a few qualifications when I was a teenager but stopped the art, although after that I always felt there was a gap – something missing in my life.
“Now I’ve realised the gap was my art – it’s because this is what I’m meant to do. It’s all piecing together,” he said.
Mr Lofthouse first started taking pictures of household objects to experiment with photo techniques and Photoshop, then progressed to landscapes around his home city, finding the district’s abandoned buildings intriguing. Inspired by other horror photography he had found on the internet, he had a go himself and was stunned when he later found one of his own photographs on an American site called Horror Homework.
“That was the real start of it. I had talks with them and got into HDR – it’s a technique where you layer up your photos until they look like paintings. I've been published a few times in America now and I’m in another magazine in the autumn. “I don’t get paid for it but it gets me interest and I’ve got my own website set up now so people will be able to shop there.”
See more of Mr Lofthouse’s work go to his official Facebook page: clinton lofthouse photography/new account.