About Amanda Norman

Amanda Norman Gothic Horror Photographer

When did you take up photography?

In 2004 I revisited an old childhood haunt, which happens to be an old village graveyard in Heysham.  I had with me a cheap Fuji compact camera and I wanted to capture my emotions and sometimes spooky atmosphere that I remembered as a child.  Unfortunately, the photographs I took that day were just snap shots and didn’t portray what I wanted to capture, hence my interest in photography beginning.

What is your inspiration for dark and creepy photography?

Dark, Gothic and horror photography isn’t everyone’s cup of tea!

I adore the work of the late Sir Simon Marsden who was an amazing professional photographer specialising in spooky and eerie photography.

I have two of his books titled This Spectred Isle – A journey through haunted England and Vampires: The Twilight World and within these books he has lots of dark photographs of castles, mansions, gargoyles, graveyards and wonderful scenic shots, all portraying a fascinating dark atmosphere. He thoroughly inspires my work and I was saddened to hear of this death in February 2012. He once told me that he likes my photography and I’ll never forget that.  What a fantastic job it would be to travel through England taking photographs like he did.

I also have a huge love for the old Universal horror films starring Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney. I really adore the Gothic elements of these films and how creepy the sets looked. If you see any old promotional photographs of the Universal film actors, they were done in a style that captured the horror at that time. Also, how many of you remember the series Hammer House of Horror back in the late 70′s early 80′s?  The opening credits with those photograph stills and the eerie music terrified me as a child. Yes, fair enough I shouldn’t have been watching them, but I never forgot that music and those images.

I think today, a lot of the imagination of the viewer has been replaced with special effects and I want to get back to creating photographs that attract the viewer’s imagination and allow the dark atmosphere of them to linger on for a while.  It’s a challenge to capture such emotions and that is what I intend on doing in all of my work.

Why horror portraits?

Burlesque Vampire Horror Portrait by Amanda Norman

I find standard portrait shots so boring. This is the reason I create Horror Portraits as they’re so much fun to do and the results are just as fascinating when the subject views them for the first time. I find that most of my subjects have a dark side that reveals itself in my photography. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that my subjects are evil, far from it. My imagination plays heavily on my final creation, but my subjects tend to become either a vampire, witch or lately a zombie.  If you would like a horror portrait and you can travel to Warrington, please click here for horror portrait prices and information or get in touch.  Your choice of final product will be a large horror poster or a cameo necklace.

Why graveyard and cemetery photography?

As I wander through various Victorian cemeteries and graveyards, I can’t help but adore the architecture and design of the various headstones, tombs and mausoleums. The more elaborate, the more I think about the person it was erected for and what the community must have been like when that person lived. I love the peaceful atmosphere of these places and I’m disheartened when I see vandalism or graves that are left unattended.  These places of rest provoke a wide range of emotions prior to my over active imagination kicking in.

If you would like to know more, please read my article titled Modern Cemeteries Lacking in Character.

cemetery photography by Amanda Norman

Tell us more about you Amanda.

Well there’s not a lot to tell really. I was born in 1971 and have a lovely daughter named Kerry who is a talented singer and songwriter.  She makes me very proud and does feature in a lot of my horror portraits.  To listen to her music, please click here Kerry Sheree Singer and Songwriter.  I’m also a proud grandmother of little Holly May, whom I love to bits.  I’m also currently dating Mark who loves cemeteries, so it’s a perfect match and we live in Haunted Liverpool.

My dreams would be to travel through the UK, just like the late Sir Simon Marsden and take photographs of spooky places.  I would also love to own a shop where people could sit for a horror portrait and buy my photography or jewellery.  At the moment, I’m a full time health & safety administrator, but I would love to earn a living from my photography.

When not doing photography, I love to read Richard Laymon novels. He is my favourite horror author of all time and more recently I’ve started making Gothic and horror jewellery featuring my photography and other spooky items such as skull rosaries.  To see my work, please visit http://www.gothicjewellerybox.com and I would like to point out that I also take custom requests.

If you want to keep up to date with my rantings, new photography and various thoughts, please visit my blog, Amanda Norman – Inside the Mind of a Horror Photographer

What camera do you use?

Nikon D3100 with a 35mm, 60mm and a 18-200mm lens.

Where can we see more of your work?

My favourite photographs can be seen in my Gothic and Horror Gallery by clicking here.

A selection of my non Gothic and Horror photography can be seen on my FlickR account by clicking here.

I also publish photographs on my Facebook and my Twitter account and you can see my Gothic and horror photography on a selection of cards over at Zazzle.

11 comments on “About Amanda Norman
  1. Autumn Whitaker says:

    just wanted to let you know that i enjoy your work very much it really amazes me because im too into dark images and stories. i am a 17 year old writter with a hint of passion for dark photography and for my project in school i am going to do my report on you ((:

  2. Mandy says:

    Thank you for your kind comments and I wish you well with your school project.

  3. Sherry lee says:

    Amanda,

    You are a brilliant photographer. I bet Simon Marsden would be pleased. i like the way you combine several elements in each photo.

  4. Mandy says:

    Thanks Sherry for your kind comments. It means a lot to me, especially coming from you.

  5. David Borensztajn says:

    Hello

    out of all the dark photographers you have to be the most adventures and devoted, i mean going all the way to Transylvania just to take some photos, thumbs up. i am in year 11 and i am studying photography and have an interest in dark photography and also Low-Key photography and i am inspired by your work, also one question, with your works, do you shoot straight into black and white or is that a photoshop job?

  6. Mandy says:

    Thanks for your feedback. I had always wanted to go there for a holiday and I took the chance and it was worth it.

    I always shoot in colour for everything and then convert to B&W later. Good luck with your studying.

  7. Chelsea says:

    I have to type this quickly as I am at school, but I really like your work, particularly your photography in graveyards and cemeteries, and am just going to have to incorporate the style of your work into my own project, i’ve been searching for hours and have just found your work great. You should do full time photography if you get the chance! :cool:

  8. Lexy says:

    My friend Chelsea told me about your work and I just had to come and see it straight away!
    I am in love with your portraits, and have just read all of the above and couldn’t agree more :grin:
    I might have missed it on your site already, but I was wondering if you had any prints for sale?

  9. Mandy says:

    Hi Lexy and thanks for your feedback.

    Prints are on sale at http://www.amandanorman.com/shop

    If you have any problems, just give me a shout!

  10. Mandy says:

    Hi Chelsea, thanks for the feedback and if I had the chance, I would certainly do photography full time. :)

  11. Shy Jones says:

    Hi Amanda, im a highschool student, an i love your work! also just wanted to say hello> :grin:

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