This photo is a departure from my normal art. This image and series is a bit darker through a collaboration with model who wanted something very different from her normal shoots. I’m really happy with the results, I hope I don’t scare too many of my friends away.

Tech stuff:
Canon 5d mark ii
Aperture: F/8
Shutter: 1/60
ISO 100
2 flash units
hand held


dark, night, portrait, urban, blood, moody, horror, flash, monotone, canon, macabre, 5d, mark ii


  • Trish O'Brien
    Trish O'Brienover 4 years ago

    Thats what I call a bad hair day :-) But seriously Ben, this is brilliant, I really love that you’ve been able to go with her desires and follow a completely new direction, as scary as it is. Love the processing, its really really effective.

  • Thanks Trish, your comments are so thoughtful! It was a bit different going this way but was fun, challenging and a little scary..but so positive. The processing was done in Adobe Lightroom, they have a beta version that is free until April and it is awesome.

    – benthebrown

  • Syren3
    Syren3over 4 years ago

    I really like this, it is great to see portraits that are different from the Norm! Well done you x

  • Thank you so much! It’s nice to know different is good. Cheers Ben

    – benthebrown

  • Matt Bottos
    Matt Bottosover 4 years ago

    ohhh wicked stuff! Love the desaturated tones with the hint of red. Well done!

  • Thanks for the wicked comment dude!

    – benthebrown

  • PorcelainPoet
    PorcelainPoetover 4 years ago

    Featured in Macabre & Horror Photography ;)

  • Thanks for the feature Jessica, that’s so cool!! Cheers :)

    – benthebrown

  • Glenn Stephenson
    Glenn Stephensonover 4 years ago

    Yeah mate, you (she) should be happy with this.

  • Thanks mate, I hope she is :)

    – benthebrown

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 4 years ago

    Oh yeah! This is brilliant Ben! You’ve created such a great mood here technically but have also captured that emotion so well with her expression especially in the eyes. Bravo to you for trying something different because in my opinion it has really paid off……….I LOVE this :)

  • Thanks Shelly, I haven’t had a comment from you for a while, so we must have done something cool. Thanks for your super thoughtful comments I really appreciate..but I appreciate even more that you only leave comments and favs when you really mean it, your the best!

    – benthebrown

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 4 years ago

    Cool!!! I love it!!!!

  • Thanks for the excellent exclamation marks Laurie!!

    – benthebrown

  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadover 4 years ago

    A twisted mix of shock and desire in her eyes! : )

  • I think you have summed it up well Mark. Thanks for the great comment :)

    – benthebrown

  • stateofundress
    stateofundressover 4 years ago

    fantastic work,,, love the shadows,,, brilliant lighting,,,

  • Thank you again!!

    – benthebrown

  • Deon Van Den Berg
    Deon Van Den Bergover 4 years ago

    this is a great image, well done

  • Thanks for checking it out Deon. Cheers :)

    – benthebrown

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