Still Life Image Analysis - The Story Behind the Men with the Horses Heads
The Stitch Up - I want to live in this world!

The Stitch Up - I want to live in this world!

The Stitch Up - Think of a world where we all wear a black suit and tie 24/7 and we each have a horse's head instead of a human head, and you are already there!

An image with a story behind it, The Stitch Up is a film noir inspired, comic book photo.

Think of Billy Wilder’s, ‘Double Indemnity’, Tarantino’s ‘Reservoir Dogs’, David Lynch’s ‘Eraserhead’, these are the inspirations for this image.

Someone's been duped and from the look of our horse friend with the briefcase, it looks as as if it is the two horse fellas in the window. Or is it?

I simply love the composition technique of Subframing, which is having a scene within a scene; a picture within a picture. Over on Ted ForbesPinterest page he has some excellent examples of Subframing, he also has created a video on his 'Art of Photography’, YouTube channel where he talks in depth about Subframing.

As well as using windows, Robert Frank subframes elements within his photos to draw your attention to a specific detail, using a Hearse car door and a even a wing mirror. Arnold Newman uses abstract art to frame the portrait of the German artist Joseph Albers; and in this fascinating portrait of painter Willem de Kooning, the majority of the image is shrouded in a dirty curtain, in which de Kooning is seen through a narrow tear, in the lower right hand corner.

I have used sub framing in my horror image ‘Don’t Open the Door’. I have always loved the concept of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rear Window’. There are different worlds or lives in every window in every apartment. 'Don’t Open The Door’ is such a world (or a very different world!), but more about that in another blog post…. The Subframing of 'The Stitch Up’ houses these two gangster looking, horse people.

What else is going on behind that window? A card game? Russian roulette? A bunch of apples? It really is up to your interpretation.

Where is the horse with the briefcase going now? Once again it really is up to you.

Maybe I have a story in my mind about where the characters go. Maybe I don't. People have tried for years to find out from the man himself, what David Lynch’s Eraserhead, is about. Many people have their own ideas.

I chose the low angle perspective because it emphasises the view from the window and two, it enforces the surreal, wacky content in the image.


Being typical of Red Town Photography, it is a weird, quirky Still Life image. However unlike many Still Life photos it does have a story. So it's more of a Still Life Street Photography photo.