Alison McMahan  

Creepy Santa by Alison McMahan

February 2021 - Creepy Santa

About the Image(s)

Creepy Santa is a well-known Christmas fixture in Manchester. When he is put up (by a Christmas tree stand), the local newspapers announce it and run his picture in the paper. People make a point of going to visit him.
I did my best to photograph him and convey all the creepiness. A bit of cropping and slider work.

9 comments posted

Anne Nettles   Anne Nettles
I love this image! I really like how you "see" things. For me, this is a very successful documentary/street genre image. It reminds me of Mary Ellen Mark or Jay Maisel, (two of my favorite photographers by the way:)). The image/creator does a good job of conveying a story. The viewer's eye moves back-and-forth from the huge Santa with crazy eyes, to the sign, the cross, and the building. The scene holds the viewer's attention as they piece the story together. The tight crop works up top because, the tension created by the sky and the close proximity of the Santa head, makes the image even stronger. The only suggestion I have is to open up the shadows in LR using curves, but I would be careful not to open it it too much. Cool image! I can see this theme as a series.   Posted: 02/02/2021 12:52:46
Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Anne, you are so kind!
When you say "open up the shadows" do you mean make the shadows lighter?
I will try it.
  Posted: 02/02/2021 13:06:14

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
I love it! Creepy santa on one side, cross on the other. Christmas trees and I assume money going to Easter Seals. There is a lot here to think about!
Annual events are something to look forward to and keeps you coming home!! Thanks!!!   Posted: 02/07/2021 10:36:55

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi Alison. Creepy indeed! I also would like to see the shadows lightened to expose a little more detail. I find the sliver of sky on the left distracting. Is it possible to drop the highlights on the motor home a bit as that is competing with Santa. You certainly have captured a great story here.   Posted: 02/08/2021 18:46:12

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
This is a good subject for your local city project. I think the blue sky lifts the picture. Yes, maybe lighten the shadows. I agree better to remove the sliver of sky on the left hand side.
However, I find that my eye is drawn to the notice board - unfortunately text does this and maybe a different view, more to the right might have worked better. Although the notice, trailer, building are all part of "the scene" I would like to more of Creepy Santa and the right hand side.
Incidentally, I find more and more of my pictures are ending up cropped to a square format. That might work better here, too.   Posted: 02/15/2021 04:48:07

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
What do you think of this one, Andrew?
I thought the one I posted told more of a "Manchester" story, but this one seems to address some of the suggestions made in the comments.
PS I like to call this one "Talk to the Hand"   Posted: 02/15/2021 04:54:40
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Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
I like this a lot more than the first; the building in the background sets the scene and provides "context". Nice travel pic.   Posted: 02/15/2021 05:24:57

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Alison, Creepy Santa is well done and captures his yearly appearance in Manchester. I wonder, would he be enhanced by some small children looking up at him in wonder?

In reading the comments above, I think Andrew has suggested a nice version.

I too would favor making the shadows, perhaps the whole image lighter in color.   Posted: 02/20/2021 14:32:30

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
I really like the whole creepy scene. I would touch up the branches behind Santa and the red bow is a little distracting. The building is also keystoning a bit. But a great creepy holiday capture. I have a friend who takes photos of deflated Santas. I like all the weird detail of this capture. Great eye!   Posted: 02/22/2021 13:01:31


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