Daniel de Amaral Sniffs Out a Supernatural Air Through Sparse Lighting

By: Corinne Guirgis - Published: Nov 10, 2011 • References: flickr and photodonuts
There's a frighteningly eerie element to the photographs of Daniel de Amaral. Through lighting that is so perfect it appears staged, each subject excites a horror-film-esque curiosity in viewers about what lies beneath the surface, despite their seemingly plain exterior. Most of his shots capture solitary buildings and settings from factories to abandoned houses, highways and boathouses, and his lens acts as almost a sixth sense as he sniffs out a supernatural presence in each.

Where people are featured, they are isolated within the context of one of these ghost-like settings, and it is not the stories of their past, but their dauntingly deem futures that rope in the audience. The Vancouver-based photog leaves much to the imagination of his viewers with his bone-chilling captures that make the ordinary extraordinary.