Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy

freaky puppet
Freaky puppet

Transfixed in disgusted fascination, you can’t help but watch as the grotesque figure dances. It twists and turns, bows and leaps in a skin-crawling parody of life. The eyes stare, a piercing gaze filled with eerie intent. Boring deep into your mind it sets its strings to your psyche.

Dance, puppet. Dance.

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy. To have a look at the other entries go here. Yet again, I’m a little late.  One week I might actually manage to get an entry up before the new theme is out!

This picture was taken in Whitby a few years ago. From the very moment we saw it this was referred to as ‘the freaky puppet’. I’ve never really liked marionettes – I generally find them all to be quite creepy – but this one was worse than most!

I spent quite a while playing around with the picture, editing it to emphasize its creepiness. I thought I’d share a few of the other edits as well. I’d love to know which version people actually like best. Here’s the original:

freaky puppet original

I quite like that you can see the makeup on the puppet’s face on this one…

And here are some other edits. To see them in a larger size, click on the gallery:

15 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy

  1. Eeek! I’ve seen some creepy photos this week, but I think yours is the winner. Puppets are SO creepy and your editing has made it EVEN creepier! Now I’m off to switch all the lights on and curl up under a blanket!


  2. I’m looking into directing a Baba yaga play. It doesn’t call for the witch to be a puppet or marionette but this image certains fits the bill for a dark fiction. The script does have some puppet in it, though. I like the blue skirt shots better than B & W where it’s not as noticeable. Dark stories must have some balance of light heartedness and the blue skirt makes that happen, a little flick of hope that she’s not all wicked. But maybe she stole it from a victim!

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    1. I can easily imagine that puppet portraying Baba Yaga – it’s definitely freaky enough! It was the blue skirt that decided me on my main edit for the post and for that very reason. I liked the more light-hearted element in with the darkness of the image 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

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