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Nightflare Creative: A Dark and Sensuous Experienc...

Nightflare Creative: A Dark and Sensuous Experience

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Nightflare Creative is a small, boutique company that is based in Portland, OR but has creative partners is Los Angeles, San Francisco, Canada and the UK. The first time I met Drew and Nick they let me know that they had a background in both media and art. We all got along instantly and you can tell we all follow and appreciate the same makers and witchy designers out there. We discussed a previous project that was very personal to them. It was their own drop dead gorgeous wedding you can see here.

We have since done a collaboration for my retail business and a series of still images, and cinemegraphs. The images and videos in this article are the result of that collaboration.


 

 

 

Q. Can you tell us a bit about your creative backgrounds, both Drew and Nick Night?

We have been creating work together for over a decade, both artistically and commercially. Starting young, Drew commenced a passion for photography at the age of 10, while Nick began his film practice at 13. We both attended arts high schools, where we got together and started collaborating, then went to art university. We are lucky enough to have similar core aesthetics and the fringes of our differences prevent the work from becoming homogeneous. Our key inspirations developed early on, drawing from nature and overgrowth, dreams and hypnotic states. We have other practices that inform our work as well, from botanical design and staging to cooking and recipe development.

 

Q. Not everyone knows what a cinemagraph is, so can you break it down for us and its use?

We first started making cinemagraphs back when they were hard to find and have watched them exponentially grow in popularity over the years. You probably know what they look like even if you didn’t have a name for them. In a media context, cinemagraphs lay somewhere between still photography and looping animated gifs. Visually, they look like living photographs, moments magically trapped in time. Think of the moving photos in Harry Potter or shifting portraits in a haunted house. The best ones fool you into thinking you are looking at a still image at first glance. When you realize a piece of the picture is moving around in a seamless loop, the effect can be quite dramatic. Cinemagraphs live best on the web and social media since they are actually video files and their attention grabbing appeal makes them perfect for web campaigns, home pages, etc.

 

Q. What are you doing different in this industry with your technique? (Can you tell us anything about this without giving it away or something with time, materials, etc?)

We’ve been using cinemagraphs in conjunction with a photographic lighting style we’ve been working on. As far as we know and have researched, this combination hasn’t been done before due to our lighting practice being uncommon. The lighting involves a single continuous source of light and a bunch of long exposures of the same scene that we stitch together in the edit. The result is something that has an ethereal painterly quality, since the lighting is “painted in” in post. Combine that with the moving element layered onto it and you have something very mystical and unique.

Harmen Steenwijck, Vanitas stilleven, 1640 dutch vanita painting the house of twigs thot art

Harmen Steenwijck, Vanitas stilleven, 1640 (Wikipedia)

 

 

Q. What inspires you in this process? As an artist I see influences of old-style Dutch paintings. 

You’re definitely on to something. We love the look of the old dutch vanitas still life paintings. We worked for a long time to develop a photographic style in that vain. The chiaroscuro contrast, morbid motifs, and natural themes of those artworks resonate with us. Commercially, this style fits well into our interests-culinary, botanicals, lifestyle and the occult.

(Vanitas, (Latin: , “vanity”) in art, a genre of still-life painting that flourished in the Netherlands in the early 17th century. … The vanitas evolved from simple pictures of skulls and other symbols of death and transience frequently painted on the reverse sides of portraits during the late Renaissance.)

 

Q. Since this is a site for witches, can you tell us how you are breaking into this industry both with your style and your personal magickal practice?

Drew comes from a long line of Scottish pagan herbalists and healers. Her first word and earliest obsession was “moon” which indicates a preternatural affinity for the ethereal. We have always been drawn to natural, mystical and macabre themes-all of which fit well into this industry. Art making for us is our magickal practice in that we conceptualize and attempt to manifest a feeling, an intention that can impact others. When working with clients in this industry, we try to focus on transmitting their intentions into the visual work.

 

 

Q. As someone who runs The House of Twigs, I am constantly looking for quality stock photography within the genre of this industry. Do you have any stock photography packages planned for the future? Pleeaaaaaseeeee!

We will! If you are an art director, blogger, publisher or anyone interested in following our work, you can join our mailing list for future themed stock image and cinemagraph packages. Join here!

 

Nighflare Creative works both with individuals, and commercial companies. I make no money from writing this article and it is my personal opinion that they have a pretty badass portflio.

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Owner, Product Fabricator, Tarot Reader , The House of Twigs, Keven Craft Rituals, Queen Meb
Head Mistress of THoT, and THoT: the School of Ritual, Owner of Keven Craft Rituals, and q. Meb ~ Queen Meb the Portland witch shop with handmade skincare products, organic goods, tarot, metaphysical items, home & hearth decor, A practicing eclectic-solitary witch, she works with energy healing / reiki master, psychopomp and psychic work, witch attunements; specializing in tarot and channeling since 1995. Erika rides the cusp of the Alpha / Omega and favors the Morrighan, Isis, Hecate, Freya, and Cernunnos.
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Owner, Product Fabricator, Tarot Reader , The House of Twigs, Keven Craft Rituals, Queen Meb
Head Mistress of THoT, and THoT: the School of Ritual, Owner of Keven Craft Rituals, and q. Meb ~ Queen Meb the Portland witch shop with handmade skincare products, organic goods, tarot, metaphysical items, home & hearth decor, A practicing eclectic-solitary witch, she works with energy healing / reiki master, psychopomp and psychic work, witch attunements; specializing in tarot and channeling since 1995. Erika rides the cusp of the Alpha / Omega and favors the Morrighan, Isis, Hecate, Freya, and Cernunnos.

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