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100 Depictions of Darkness

From Skeletal Caged Couture to Screaming Ghost Apparitions

— March 29, 2013 — Pop Culture
So many of us are fascinated and lured in by depictions of darkness, weather it is an interest in psychiatry-focused photo shoots or alleyway attack ads. The concept of enjoying darkness seems so wrong, but it can be found everywhere in any industry. It's the type of thing that many sincerely enjoy.

A fascination with all things dark must stem from an interest in the different and uncertain things in life, and death and violence seem to appeal to a very large audience. Examples range from high fashion to music, and that's only the tip of the iceberg.

This is certainly one of my favorite topics, and although uncomfortable to many, depictions of darkness are here to stay.
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Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
99
Spiky Gothic Candelabras
Spiky Gothic Candelabras
The Gravity Candle Holder by Jolan Van Der Wiel is Dark and Dramatic
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98
Wrongdoing Witness Ads
Wrongdoing Witness Ads
The Toronto Crime Stoppers Campaign Shows Misdeeds Don't Stay Anonymous
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97
3D Sweetheart Skeleton Carvings
3D Sweetheart Skeleton Carvings
'Till Death Do Us Part' By Joshua Harker is a Macabre Dream
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96
Bloody Growling Footwear
Bloody Growling Footwear
Wear the Wolfbeater Vegan Fug Boot as Your Spooky Halloween Attire
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95
Luminous Gothic Installations
Luminous Gothic Installations
'Ode a la Vie' by Moment Factory Illuminated Sagrada Familia
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94
Haute Eerie Apparel Films
Haute Eerie Apparel Films
Void of Course Brings Sinister Energy to Fashion Films
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93
Dreary Lomography Captures
Dreary Lomography Captures
'Puddle Shots' by Gavin Hammond Depicts Rainy London Life
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92
Shockingly Glum Beachside Photoshoots
Shockingly Glum Beachside Photoshoots
The Gentlewoman Nieuw Editorial Features a Solemn de Brauw
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91
Creepy Ventriloquist Captures
Creepy Ventriloquist Captures
'Talking Heads, The Vent Haven Portraits' is Disturbingly Historical
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90
Spooky Stop-Motion Face Paintings
Spooky Stop-Motion Face Paintings
Let Erica Luke Scare You with Her 'Rot' Video
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89
Scary Skull Seating
Scary Skull Seating
Designer Richard Riley is Dying to Get You in His Chair
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88
Alleyway Attack Ads
Alleyway Attack Ads
The World Asthma Foundation Campaign Shows That the Disease Can Hit Anytime
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87
Dead Tree Corpse Captures
Dead Tree Corpse Captures
Artist Never2501 Makes a Compelling Corpse of Dead Leaves and Trees
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86
Apocalyptic Undead Candles
Apocalyptic Undead Candles
'Zombie Shadow Casters' Will Put Your Nerves on Edge
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85
Jungle Ghost Sketches
Jungle Ghost Sketches
Marion Balac Draws Spooky Voids in Her Haunted Forest Series
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84
Eerily Prismatic Collages
Eerily Prismatic Collages
Artist Joka Unveils a New Mash-up Artwork of Beautiful & Scary Imagery
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83
World-End Surfing Clips
World-End Surfing Clips
The 'Apocalypse Later, Surf Now' Short Shows Severe Sport Dedication
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82
Headless Halloween Pranks
Headless Halloween Pranks
Rich Ferguson Performs a Scary Head Drop Illusion to Strangers
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81
Undead-Inspired Bookends
Undead-Inspired Bookends
These Bookends are the Ultimate Walking Dead Accessories
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80
Monstrous Skeletal Anatomies
Monstrous Skeletal Anatomies
Louie Reynoso Imagines What the Bones of Beasts Would Look Like
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79
Dreary Dark Lookbooks
Dreary Dark Lookbooks
The Zofia Chylak Collection Includes Somber Advertisements
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78
Light Bulb Ornaments
Light Bulb Ornaments
The Gnarled Branch Presents Hand-Painted Gothic Ornaments
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77
Gothic Chic Fashions
Gothic Chic Fashions
The Coffin Clutch Purse Adds Some Dark Style to Any Outfit
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76
Ethereal Phantom Editorials
Ethereal Phantom Editorials
The 'Ghostmother' by Fit for Print Magazine is Haunting
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75
Gothic Luxury Editorials
Gothic Luxury Editorials
'A I R less' by 2-Times.com Captures Haute Couture Down Under
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74
Glamorous Goth Photoshoots
Glamorous Goth Photoshoots
The Schon Magazine Rossy de Palma Editorial is Dark
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73
Menacing Thriller Cinema Shoes
Menacing Thriller Cinema Shoes
The Classic Horror Film Vans Depict Characters from Old Movies
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72
Cosmetic Corpse DIY Looks
Cosmetic Corpse DIY Looks
The 'Gothic Vampire Makeup Tutorial' Instructs Viewers on Dark Beauty
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71
Dark Harajuku Girl Graphics
Dark Harajuku Girl Graphics
Anneli Olander Explores Dark Femininity in Her Gothic Lolita Art
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70
Sinister Bloody Accessories
Sinister Bloody Accessories
The Zombie Costume Necklace an Amazing Example of Halloween Jewelry
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69
Creepy Couture Cushions
Creepy Couture Cushions
The Vintage Skull Pillow Cover is a Great Accessory for a Haunted House
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68
Rock'n'Roll Demon Depictions
Rock'n'Roll Demon Depictions
Gerald Leung Drawings Captures Destructive Metal Monsters
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67
Creepy Clown Shoots
Creepy Clown Shoots
'Circus Depression' by Peter Lundstrom is Eerie
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66
Mysteriously Gothic Menswear
Mysteriously Gothic Menswear
The Rick Owens Fall 2013 Menswear Line is Dark and Sleek
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65
Heightened Nighttime Photography
Heightened Nighttime Photography
After Lights Out by Julien Mauve is Darkly Haunting
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64
Gothic Songstress Photoshoots
Gothic Songstress Photoshoots
Vogue Australia July 2012 Features Delta Goodrem for the First Time
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63
Avant-Garde Gothic Seating
Avant-Garde Gothic Seating
The Batwing Chair by Yu Haotian is Alluring and Comfortable
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62
Flayed Sculpture Figurines (UPDATE)
Flayed Sculpture Figurines (UPDATE)
The Damien Hirst Anatomy of an Angel Piece is Now Collectible
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61
Screaming Ghost Apparitions
Screaming Ghost Apparitions
The Scary Mary Mirror is the Most Haunting Spooky Halloween Decor
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60
Villainous Butter Sculpture Ads
Villainous Butter Sculpture Ads
The Aloe Cholestop Bioenergy Nutrition Campaign Keeps People Safe
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59
Internally Illuminated Sculptures
Internally Illuminated Sculptures
This Mihoko Ogaki Sculpture Features LED Lights Inside Figures
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58
Creepily Cadaverous Chalices
Creepily Cadaverous Chalices
The Tribal Skull Mug is a Gruesomely Skeletal Cup
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57
Languidly Luxe Fashion Ads
Languidly Luxe Fashion Ads
The Gucci Fall 2012 Campaign is Gothic Glam
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56
Gothic Alchemy Kits
Gothic Alchemy Kits
The Sophisticated Packaging Design of this Alchemy Survival Kit is Stark
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55
Macabre Voodoo Couples
Macabre Voodoo Couples
Bloodmilk Jewelry is Featured in the 'Blood Moon' Editorial
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54
Shakespearean Tragedy Editorials
Shakespearean Tragedy Editorials
The Lady Macbeth Madame Photoshoot Reinvents a Literary Classic
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53
Faceless Gothic Portraits
Faceless Gothic Portraits
The Nightingale Vulture Editorial Has an Eerie Appeal
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52
Submerged Face Self-Portraits
Submerged Face Self-Portraits
Laurence Demaison Artistically Experiments with Images of Herself
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51
Posh Murder Mystery Editorials
Posh Murder Mystery Editorials
The W Korea Beautiful Monster Photoshoot is Enigmatic
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50
Horrific Sacrilegious Seductresses
Horrific Sacrilegious Seductresses
The Horror Chiq-Holy Beauty by Jenn Hoffman Spread is Alluring
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49
DIY Dripping Mascara Lashes
DIY Dripping Mascara Lashes
KlairdeLys Teaches How to Create Black Tears Eyelashes
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48
Melancholic Model Photoshoots
Melancholic Model Photoshoots
This Andrew Akimov Series is Dark and Defined
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47
Unzipped Body Adornments
Unzipped Body Adornments
The Gothic Zipper Jewelry Line is Dark and Dramatic
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46
Mesmerizing Macabre Beauties
Mesmerizing Macabre Beauties
Feline Zegers' Paintings Invoke the Allure of the Dark and Sensuous
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45
Dystopian Hotel Room Shoots
Dystopian Hotel Room Shoots
The Schon No 20 Editorial is a Dark and Futuristic Look at Fashion
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44
Vampy Goth Captures
Vampy Goth Captures
The Arkadius by Pawel Herman Portrait Series is Rocker Chic
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43
Sophisticated Goth Portraits
Sophisticated Goth Portraits
The Vin Noir Design Scene Exclusive is Darkly Demure
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42
Gothic Cheerleader Editorials
Gothic Cheerleader Editorials
Alla Frost Presents a Dark Photoshoot with Elements of Dance
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41
Drenched Demonic Editorials
Drenched Demonic Editorials
Lukasz Zietek Makes Ola Koska Stunningly Scary for K Mag
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40
Distressed Damsel Depictions
Distressed Damsel Depictions
The Vogue Germany Delle de Noir Spread is a Dark Whimsical Feature
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39
Darkly Shimmering Fashion
Darkly Shimmering Fashion
The Sapto Djojokartiko 2012 Lookbook is Romantically Gothic
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38
Ominous Medusa Photography
Ominous Medusa Photography
The Sylwia Makris 2012 Photo Shoot is Dark and Dangerous
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37
Frightful Film Antagonist Art
Frightful Film Antagonist Art
David Murdoch Paints Movie Villains in a Nightmarish Manner
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36
Aristocratically Awaiting Photoshoots
Aristocratically Awaiting Photoshoots
Confashion Magazine 'Collapse, Collide' is Romantically Cold
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35
Monochromatic Moody Shoots
Monochromatic Moody Shoots
The Versace Fall 2012 Campaign is Dark and Grayscaled
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34
Ghostly All-Black Editorials
Ghostly All-Black Editorials
The Gallows by Alex London is a Gothic Monochromatic Series
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33
Darkly Sweet Photography
Darkly Sweet Photography
Photographer Kimberley Joanne Sinclair Produces Roguishly Beautiful Shots
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32
Stylishly Sinister Photoshoots
Stylishly Sinister Photoshoots
The Purple Fashion Off the Black Editorial Features a Dark Mood
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31
Posh Prehistoric Editorials
Posh Prehistoric Editorials
S Magazine's 'A Homage to Daphne' Exudes Timeless Elegance
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30
Gritty Androgynous Editorials
Gritty Androgynous Editorials
The Photoshoot by Paul Schmidt for Commons & Sense is Dark
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29
Darkly Glamorous Editorials
Darkly Glamorous Editorials
Harper’s Bazaar Korea November 2012 Stars Gucci-Clad Lindsey Wix
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28
Edgy Leather-Clad Goths
Edgy Leather-Clad Goths
The Vogue Taiwan February 2013 Issue Capitalizes Demure Designs
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27
Doll Head Bauble Editorials
Doll Head Bauble Editorials
Pericles Kondylatos Presents His Gothic Jewelry Design Collection
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26
Gothic Ballerina Editorials
Gothic Ballerina Editorials
The Vogue China A Veiled Mystery Editorial is Darkly Demure
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25
Devilish Cemetery Photoshoots
Devilish Cemetery Photoshoots
Julia Kiecksee's 'Garden of Angels' Series is Dark and Moody
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24
Witchy Forest Editorials
Witchy Forest Editorials
The Lost Woods Design Scene Exclusive is Eclectically Styled
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23
Glamorously Goth Portraits
Glamorously Goth Portraits
The Dress to Kill 'The New Romantics' Editorial is Elegantly Dark
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22
Gothic Fantasy Fashion
Gothic Fantasy Fashion
The Alice Auaa Spring 2013 Collection is Magically Theatrical
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21
Haute Wiccan-Inspired Editorials
Haute Wiccan-Inspired Editorials
The Horror Chic - Holy Beauty Photoshoot is Darkly Demure
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20
Hauntingly Ethereal Editorials
Hauntingly Ethereal Editorials
The Elele Magazine September 2012 Photoshoot is Darkly Dreamy
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19
Busily Patterned Editorials
Busily Patterned Editorials
Avenue L 'Baroque Dark Fantasy' Stars a Gothic Morwenna Lytton Cobbold
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18
Psychiatry-Focused Photoshoots
Psychiatry-Focused Photoshoots
The Grey Magazine The Shrink Is In Editorial is Patient-Themed
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17
Haute Vamp Editorials
Haute Vamp Editorials
The Gothlete Manuscript Magazine Fashion Story Displays Scary Sportswear
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16
Divine Gothic Editorials
Divine Gothic Editorials
The Interview Russia November 2012 Stars a Somber Laura Kampman
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15
Goth Girl Cartoons
Goth Girl Cartoons
Toon Hertz Illustrates Cutesy Females with Dark & Emotional Sides
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14
Gothic Geisha Captures
Gothic Geisha Captures
The Black Soul Design Scene Exclusive is Darkly Demure
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13
Gothic Mermaid Editorials
Gothic Mermaid Editorials
The Plaza Kivinna July 2012 Cover Shoot Stars a Dark Liberty Ross
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12
Phantom Villain Paintings
Phantom Villain Paintings
Arnaud de Vallois Illustrates Images with a Sinister Spectral Style
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11
Aristocratic Collar Editorials
Aristocratic Collar Editorials
The Michelle Lowe-Holder SS 2012 Lookbook is Pink-Hued
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10
Demurely Baroque Photography
Demurely Baroque Photography
The L'officiel Paris December 2012 Issue is Ornately Opulent
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9
Spooky Haunted Images
Spooky Haunted Images
This Series by Lucy Reynolds is Mysterious and Spooky
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8
Regal Gothic Fashion
Regal Gothic Fashion
The Dress to Kill 'Black Celebration' Editorial is Glamorously Dark
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7
Witchy Newlywed Photography
Witchy Newlywed Photography
Factice Magazine's 'Brides and Widows' Editorial is Gothic
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6
Haunting Fantasy Female Portraits
Haunting Fantasy Female Portraits
Rob Shields Paints Beautiful Women with Nightmarish Features
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5
Glamorous Gothic Couture
Glamorous Gothic Couture
These Ludivine Poiblanc Looks are Elegantly Dark
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4
Gothic Monarch Captures
Gothic Monarch Captures
Le Noir Partie 3 by Mert & Marcus for Vogue Paris is Dark
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3
Skeletal Caged Couture
Skeletal Caged Couture
Nika Danielska Designs Sharply Fierce Fashion Accessories
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2
Dark Queen Photoshoots
Dark Queen Photoshoots
The Lost Kingdom by Ekaterina Belinskaya is Cinematically Regal
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1
Modern Baroque Fashion
Modern Baroque Fashion
The Vogue Netherlands 'Neo-Victorian' Editorial Stars Anna de Rijk
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