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60 thoughts on “Somnambulist

  1. Ok. Oh this is great. Holy Cesare! Derrick if you have not seen the movie in a theater with live piano accompanyment you must. You must put this on your short list. It’s great on a big screen. I’m not going to mention the movie, so we will see who else picks up on this. The Mrs. and I were lucky to catch this and Metropolis as a double feature years ago in Boston, amazing. The make up is dead on, Dr. Derrick.

  2. A bit of a sad somnambulist at that. Not one who has chosen to walk, even from the other side. A forced marcher, one ponders – or perhaps one who is walking in search of what can never be found on either side.

  3. A still from "The Cabinet of Dr. Derrikgari" perhaps (the film to which Jiffy cat refers, though the last word is different—and that feline flickrite is definitely correct: it’s great on the big screen, preferably in a true movie palace from the 1920s with a skilled organist doing the music)? Great makeup job and a suitably dozy expression on uncle’s face.

  4. Jiffy Cat: Oh how could anyone not love The Cabinent of Dr. Caligari? πŸ˜‰ In fact, this film was "playing" when this project was taking place, often studying the make-ups and such that was showcased in the film! I also started to name the film in my tags but I decided against it to see if anyone would mention it, but I suppose my ‘thought’ has been answered, which I truly figured would eventually occur before too long! The great thing about this film was that they only used one light during the entire shooting! And then the painted-on shadows and such — oh how glorious! It’s truly easy to say that they "don’t make ’em like they used to!"

    I would love to see this on the ‘big screen’, yes! I can only imagine how wondrous it must have been! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the comments, as always!

    Ricardo: I thought of using "Noctambulism" here but I didn’t want to drive too far off of the highway in regards to the film, so I just kept it a bit conventional, as far as the title is concerned. It’s really interesting, and as always, I’m glad you enjoy!

    atom: Thank you, thank you for stopping in! πŸ™‚

    tomusan: Yes, indeed! This was really a fun project (as they always are, especially when you have people with senses of humor! It makes it a lot more enjoyable) as you can imagine. There is another one that I will be uploading in the future which is bit less "arty", I suppose is the word, but more-so to flaunt the make-up and the up-close and personalism with the somnambulist. πŸ™‚ Thanks, as always, for the comments!

  5. f/1.4: Ah, I see you beat me to it! Haaa, the Cabinent of Dr. Derrickgari — how hilarious! Thank you for stopping in, as always! Eternal appreciation of the spotless mind! πŸ™‚

  6. Jiffy Cat: Bwahaha…I was WAITING for someone to mention the cabinet in the background as well — which was somewhat of a "metaphor" or "psychological hint", of which I knew someone would eventually mention (or hoped they would, anyhow). If I had a studio, I would have painted crooked windows and shadows here and there to create that wonderful "atmosphere" from the film. In fact, I started to dangle a light from the ceiling there, but I thought that that would be taking it way too far. Haha!

  7. This totally cracked me up when I first saw it. I’m at work and got a few of those annoyed looks from the anti-Jiffy who I work with.The anti-Jiffy is a whole other story though.. Thank God for my flickr friends who get me through the long night here. Cheers!
    P.S. are you guys into the Cramps at all? They’ve got to be the all time
    masters of horror rock-a-billy, especially their early stuff.

  8. Excellent, Derrick, as I am coming to expect from you!

    Has anybody here heard of The Club Foot Orchestra? A San Francisco based group, they would produce scores for films like Murnau’s Nosferatu and Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and perform live with the film in theater. I saw them perform with Nosferatu in the mid-eighties some time. They have both of the films mentioned above with thier scores available for sale, I believe. Excellent marriage of music and film.

  9. i agree lateefa–dark circles are a sure sign someone is sleepy…
    seriously–i’ve started a list of movies i want to see and books i want to read (or see/read again) from your photography and the discussions….
    (both always excellent)…..i have not seen the cabinent of dr caligari…yet
    …excellent work derrick…
    jiffy cat–i was also lucky enough to see metropolis on the big screen….it was amazing (but all the readin got me confused like….)….and the cramps are one of the greatest bands ever….

  10. Ohhhh lawsy!!! The sparseness of the ‘set design’ absolutely adds to the overall mysteriousness of this image!! Without picking right up on its homage to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, I was struck by the gloriously stark, void-like aesthetic form and the fantastically detached expression!

    I have to say, there are few ‘horror’ films’ that I’ve seen…but I’m absolutley intrigued and inspired enough to add this to my collection! It really is a fantastically brilliant story!

    Let’s have a huge round of applause for Derrick and his chameleonesque Uncle who continue to champion the ‘monster’ cause!!!!!

  11. I just realized that I should have cropped this image a bit better at the bottom when I was originally taking this, but I suppose it didn’t "hurt" it too badly. Although, I am a perfectionist so those "minor" things have a way of talking to me with this little voice in the back of my head…"It’s not right, you can do it better", "it’s not right, you can do it better"…

    Jiffy Cat: I can’t imagine you having ant-Jiffy’s! Ha! Although, I do know that Ann (original_ann) is an anti-"Jiffy" in reality (regarding the food, of course! Ha!) but don’t tell her I said that! (Like she wouldn’t come back and read this…ahh ha!).

    Yes, I like The Cramps, but I’m not certain how much my uncle likes them. The Misfits (earlier stuff with Danzig) is another one of those bands who took "horror" and collided it into their music. In fact, the other night on TCM with "Underground Cult Classics", Rob Zombie mentioned this band. I’ve got a few of their records, and one of their "younger" records from the 90’s which is pretty interesting, but I like their earlier records much better (as most people do). Anyhow, I hope those Anti-bodies are rid of their (I’m assuming) ‘angst’ in the future! People with "nasty looks" just need a Little Debbie snack cake or something! πŸ™‚

    mr. nip: Thank you, my friend!

    Marianne: Somehow I am not surprised. πŸ˜‰ Thank you, as always, for stopping in!

    Richard: I’ve never heard of that orchestra, but the link was interesting to check out! I’d love to see them play live. The Atlanta Symphony is quite popular when it comes to their live performances, although I’ve never seen them live but have seen them on television quite often. In fact, the symphony center is world-renowned for the "monumental" architecture! Anyhow, thanks for bringing out that symphony information! It’s especially interesting when an orchestra is doing horror themes and such. I especially love the Halloween ordeals.

    This year for Halloween I plan to be (dun-dun-daaa!) …Walking Collage Man! Ha! Yes. Collage Man. I am going to look like a Dadaist painting with various elements.

    Why am I mentioning this? … … Got me!

    Thanks for the comments, as always, Richard! And, I’m still not holding my breath! πŸ˜‰

    Lateefa: Ha! and I can only imagine that he would appreciate that as well! πŸ˜‰

    deadly daisy: Oh you will love the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, especially those wonderfully-surreal settings that were hand-painted on because the crew only had one light for the entire film (still amazing!). I’m glad that your interest has been driven enough from these uploads/conversations to want to check out these various books/films! I have to admit that I learn quite a lot from other people’s streams as well. There’s never enough room in the brain for information!. Thank you, as always, for your kind words! Truly appreciated!

    Ann: Well, you know what? …I am not surprised that you are fascinated in one way or another, especially with all of your deepened insight into these images (and everyone else’s images). Your comments are usually better than the image itself! Thank you, thank you, thank you! πŸ™‚ …Applause isn’t necessary, by the way!! πŸ˜‰

    Darinka: Glad you like and thank you for stopping! πŸ™‚

    Colour Void: Goooood. Goooood! πŸ˜‰ …Thank you for the compliments and for stopping in! You (as is everyone else) is always welcome! πŸ™‚


    I am currently moving at the moment, so I may not be around for a couple of days (or until late tomorrow) so if I don’t respond to anyone else who replies to the current comments I’ve just left, or if there are other comments that people leave, I will get back to them very shortly! πŸ™‚

  12. screw the studio, paint the shadows on anyway, it’ll make the place have more character … πŸ˜‰ [kidding of course]

    This is a really cool image. i’m not going to get all involved here since i’m an outcast (i’ve never seen this film)… but i like this photo and the spirit behind it πŸ™‚

  13. ah, Derrick, this image has totally made my night complete.
    without it i was only half a person, he he:)

    this is way more convincng.
    Why can’t we see your films?

    oh lord im gone…

  14. LOVE f/1.4’S COMMENT!

    the eyes – only the eys – remind me a lil bit of "the crow", but that’s it. the movie sucks and the picture is great!

  15. I must concur with that final, mystery tag…
    Discombobulation and inverse dreambodies rendered as hyper-ecstasis, the cabinet fairly bursts with our repressed projections.
    Once more, dear Derrick, your hidden Apocrypha shines hidden lights and subtrata shadows on our welcoming, upturned faces.

  16. Oh yes, I’m the good kind of antiJiffy. πŸ˜‰ Not the kind that spread their dark clouds over Jiffycats.
    (And Ed, you just continue being the light that you are. Phooey on antiJiffies).

  17. Derrick I forgot to mention the Misfits. They were my favorite band for a while 23 years ago. Ouch!!! that really hurt to write. The age part that is. I did not want to appear to be a fossil. The Danzigless Misfits that are around these days just ain’t no good. In their prime they were awesome. I was lucky to see them twice in the early 80’s, great, great, great. I even got a video of the show my friend broke his nose at, grainy and bad but still powerful. The Cramps are still the Cramps.
    Fun and more fun. Them I’ve seen at least 6 times. They always played Boston on holidays like Halloween and New Years. The 2 halloween shows were the best. The worst holiday show I’ve seen was the Pogues in Boston on….St.Patrick’s day. Shane was so drunk he needed to sing lyrics to one song by reading them from sheets of paper. They placed a fan in front on him( I think to keep him consciuos), as Shane discarded one page of the lyrics the fan blew it onto his crotch were it was plastered for several minutes.Not to mention the crowd. We are talking St. Patrick’s day in Boston, totally out of control. Ann I don’t see how you are an anti-Jiffy in any way. I will continue to shine don’t worry. Anti J. is way too close tonight,she’s likey to look over here at any minute,very nosy.

  18. i really favor this minimalist makeup. i need to get me some of that white face paint! looks great in the reflection… the eyes in the mirror are truly hollow.

  19. Hello Everyone!

    Well, I am quite the tired body I tell you! I have been moving since Saturday and it will continue throughout the week and I am extremely tired, as is everyone else. Having to load and unload (especially the heavy furniture!) a truck, drive back and forth from my previous home to the new home has been quite an adventure and will most-likely carry-on for a week or two, so if I am a bit at a snail’s pace in responding to you guys’ comments and/or dropping in and leaving my comments on you guys’ own folio then please do forgive me! Being "extremely busy" would actually be putting it lightly!

    Now, with that out of the way, I must try and do my best to respond to everyone’s comments since I’ve been semi-away in hopes that I don’t fall asleep doing so in the midst of the keyboard-tapping symphony that seems to be echoing throughout this living room. I’m just glad the fire-place isn’t be used right now because, for the time being, the computer is having to sit on the cemented "base" before putting it upstairs in the new computer room (hooray!).

    dysamoria: Ha! If only I were able to do so, although I personally wouldn’t want to have to live in a place with painted on shadows and things because I may get confused and started running into things that appear to be "cricks and crannies"…so, unfortunately, I have to lean away from that idea (unless I had a studio, of course). πŸ˜‰ You’ve definitely got to see this film, though! In fact, let that be one of your "Halloween films." Anyhow, thanks for stopping! πŸ™‚

    Lou-magic: Any time that I can make someone’s night complete, I know that I have done something right! πŸ™‚

    The reason why my films are unavailable is because of a particularly problematic ‘file’ of which isn’t recognizable with the software that supports videos on my computer. Strangely enough, it seems to be able to accept every other file in the world except for the one I need it to (of course). Then again, I do have some films that are on actual video-tapes but I don’t have the equipment to transfer them to the PC. I plan to eventually have them technologicalized to a higher standard, although my uncle has most of them stored away (but not all of them) by either buying the correct equipment to do it myself, or have it professionaly transfered (which does exist, but at a high cost — but would be worth it). So, for the time being, they will have to sit dormant and be unseen! I’ve always been excited to show them, because they are quite sillyly bizarre, if that’s the correct wording. πŸ™‚ Anyhow, as always, thank you for dropping by! It’s always great to you over here!

    depassagem: Ha! Did you mean that The Crow sucked or were you referring to the Caligari film? I quite like them both, actually, although I have to admit that I do enjoy "Caligari…" a bit better, but my personal opinion is only an egg-sandwich being eaten by a "Pict"…;) Glad you like, and thanks for stopping in!

    (Sheesh, I am feeling like a Somnambulist myself!!)

    janelle: Thank you!! πŸ™‚

    Ben: Thanks, as always, for your kind encouragement/praise. The "appreciation" is truly beyond any words imaginable! πŸ™‚

    Ann: I once contemplated asking for your shipping address so that I could play a peanut butter trick on you, but of course, I decided against it. πŸ™‚ Of course, mind you, I would have added quite a few more "goodies" into the parcel! My habit of overly-giving would probably be more than noticeable! πŸ˜‰

    Jiffy-meow: Yes! They totally went down-hill after Danzig left, although I did like the one hit that ‘Danzig’ had titled "Mother." In fact, I have a rare promo disc of that album which was given to me years ago along with many other goodies when I would go to the various Record Shows in different areas of Atlanta with my Dad (who is in the music business, although we don’t speak anymore) who would have his own table of various musical video rarities and memorabilia to sell. Anyhow, those minor stories there were hilarious to read. In fact, if I wasn’t so tired, then I would reply more to them, but you will just have to believe me when I say that I took them in completely! And, of course, thank you for always stopping in! You’re never too old to rock! Look at Ozzy! πŸ™‚

    K-Vic: Thanks! πŸ™‚

    marinkel: It’s professional grease paint (what the great Dick Smith made famous!) which works wonders in comparison to the "other" kind! I’d love to see you get some and work your magic! It’s always great to see you over here! Thanks for the comments! πŸ™‚


    As mentioned, I will be back when I can to visit all of you guys’ folios to see what I’ve been missing! Shine on All! πŸ™‚

  20. Now, I’ve got to tell you….being honest here….this really gives me the willies. It’s the mirror and the "facelessness" thing. Cool. Love it!

  21. wonderful Derrick…I’m also reminded of the moments before a fateful bridge-crossing at the hands of Edward Munch. Or more particularly, his ‘Despair’.

    I’m also flabbergasted by the sheer effort you and your uncle put in on these warpers of yours. The layers here are astounding..the creepiness, the melancholy…the closed cupboard doors…..this mirror!
    where are we? I feel that if I blink my eyes quick enough these instruments of foundation will recede into nothingness except for the echos of footsteps set on ‘mute’.

    boomslang Derrick!

  22. *laughs at self*
    i was quite pleased to have recognised this in your photostream, and so delighted to be the first to add notes…so delighted in fact that it came as a complete surprise when i scrolled down and saw the staggering number of comments. *sighs*
    I hadn’t thought about that movie in years, and it was indeed the cabinet in the background that finally enabled my stuttering, groping brain to finally grasp the title.
    anyway, (and more to the point) Great image! and thanks for the refresher!

  23. mpx1979: Thank you!

    Misteriddles: I did the same! And, thank you!!

    aletheuo: Halloween is "all the time" around here! πŸ˜€

  24. Even Mephistopheles has to wake up in the morning and gaze at his haggard reflection in the bathroom mirror.

    On another matter, Derrick your post comments are an art form unto themselves. Thank you for this.

  25. Derrick, this is really really great. Thanks for stopping by my stream. I always enjoy your visits. =) I don’t really know why I haven’t made more radiohead images. I’ve actually had a few ideas. But something is keeping me from doing them. It’s probably just laziness, but I think their time will come again. Don’t worry–I haven’t put a lid on that series yet!

  26. he wears his face like a mask, as if it’s not even his own, but something he is at the moment. it explores concepts of self that i find so confrontative even in the dead calm.

  27. I love performance in photography, it interests me a lot, this has a great sense of theatre. There are so many connotations in this image, it makes my brain feel all funny.

  28. Wonderful Derrick – I love how his eyes seem to mirror the knot in the wood.

    Looks like he’s part way to being made up for a Kiss concert. – perhaps to sing Crazy, Crazy Nights…

  29. wow, this makes my head tingle, the impact of it is very powerful, well pulled of technically too, there’s a real depth to your work Derrick, well done!

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