The Long Way Home


Little Goblins
October 23, 2014, 5:53 PM
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Little Vikings

Little Vikings/Valkyries

This photo series from my collection are more theater than Halloween, but these ladies represent the spirit of what I love best about this holiday: the costumes (that, and ghosts, witches. draculas, zombies, haunted houses, pumpkins…). I had read once that in the Victorian period through the early 1900s, people would dress in costume for parlor games, or put on small plays as forms of entertainment when hanging out with friends and family. I’m really digging Queen Neptune’s costume, a find I’d pretty much go bonkers over if spotted while thrifting.

Queen Neptune

Queen Neptune

Indian Princess

Indian Princess

Little Goblins

Little Goblins

Harlequin

Harlequin

Miss Gertie

Miss Gertie

Dancing Grils

Dancing Girls

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Unblurred: Samantha Stowe
October 2, 2014, 8:21 PM
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Witch by Samantha Stowe

Witch by Samantha Stowe

For October’s First Friday art series on Penn, Studio 5013 features Halloween photography by Samantha Stowe. nighttidephotos.tumblr.com

Grim by Samantha Stowe

Grim by Samantha Stowe



Through the Fields
October 30, 2013, 7:12 PM
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happy halloween

happy halloween

Yesterday Jeff and I both lucked out and had off from work at the same time, so we treated ourselves to a drive north on Route 19, one of our first road trips together. Our mission was to treasure hunt (as usual), but as we drove, I kept getting the itch to shoot film. I realized as I sat there watching fields roll past my window how much of a compulsion photography has become for me over the years: when I’m not actually taking photos, I’m thinking about what I’ll shoot next. Every adventure is the next possible story. I also have these fantasies of running through wide, open fields, but settled for the next best thing: a dusty, wheat-colored cornfield, the perfect textures for black and white film. I’m not sure what happened with this film batch, but the imperfections are kind of growing on me. It was a beautiful fall day to celebrate Halloween and our upcoming anniversary – five years of love bursting at the seams with many more roads to travel.

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Trick-or-Treat 1957
October 26, 2012, 6:31 AM
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From Wunderly Galleries, Pittsburgh, 1957. Artist unknown.

One of the reasons I love Jeff and his sweet junk-pickin’ ways is because he’s so good at it. He’s got a gift. When we walk into a room full of dusty ancient cast-offs piled ceiling-high, I grow impatient and turn to walk out – the chaos is overwhelming. Jeff’s eyes sparkle. His shoulders relax, he licks his chops in anticipation. Then he disappears into the mess and comes out with treasures: a chalk statue of the Virgin Mary from a local church; a home taxidermy manual from 1912; a pigeon skeleton, its tiny bones all intact. He acquired the painting above way before we ever met. Back in the 90s, he was making his weekly trash-hunting run in Squirrel Hill when he saw the painting sitting on the curb. The woman who ditched it came out of the house with more trash, so Jeff politely asked her if he could have it. The inscription on the back reads” Given to Christy from Grandaddy – Halloween 1957. 2 years old.” A bit sinister for a two-year-old, if you ask me. It hangs in our living room, making it Halloween every day of the year in this house.



Take Off Your Masks
October 4, 2012, 8:36 PM
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“Take Off Your Masks.” Work inspired by “The Wicker Man.”

Tomorrow night’s Unblurred, Studio 5013 features Take Off Your Masks and Four Abby Lee Millers. Acrylic and screenprint on canvas by Paulette Poullet. paulette.poullet@gmail.com.

Detail from “Four Abby Lee Millers.” Work inspired by the Lifetime series “Dance Moms.”



Fly Me to the Moon
October 31, 2010, 7:33 AM
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Two years ago today, Jeff and I married. And I never imagined that I’d love someone as much as I love him. Just typing that last sentence made me a little teary-eyed. I’m so proud of him, and so proud of how much I’ve grown as a person because of him. We celebrated our anniversary in the best way possible:  in costume with lots of laughter. Nobody makes me laugh like Monster.

ready for take off

from our halloween collection

save me the waltz

come to me

witchy

my beast



Happy (Halloween) Anniversary
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photo by Lorraine Plaikner

Not only is Halloween our favorite holiday, it also happens to be the day that Jeff and I decided to get hitched in 2008. I’ve never been the girl to have bride-fantasies — hell, I never even thought I’d get married — so the idea of planning a wedding was a nightmare for me. We thought it would be more fun if we treated the affair like a giant Halloween party.

We kept it simple: 105 guests, no bridal party and asked our friends and family to arrive in costume. Throughout the entire planning, we promised to keep true to ourselves by doing it our way, no interference from others (and anyone who has planned a wedding will tell you how people will put their two-sense in. Brides, stay strong!). 

Halloween wedding

r: photo by Lorraine Plaikner. l: our cake topper

We don’t belong to a church, and didn’t want to rush around trying to join one just for the sake of a wedding, so to ‘keep it legal’ we were married at the justice of the peace in Bloomfield on October 30.On October 31, our vows were written and delivered by a scarecrow, aka, my friend Mike Bunn. After 9 months of planning and knowing every detail of the event, he offered to do this for us so that we could be surprised. His words — our promise to each other — moved most everyone there to tears and laughter:

 

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photo by Lorraine Plaikner

I love you.

You are my best friend.

You are my Monster.
Today, I pledge myself to you in marriage.
I promise to encourage you and inspire you,

to laugh with you

and sometimes laugh at you,

I promise to love you when our relationship is simple,

and to continue loving you when it takes effort. 

I know we both will change,

individually and together,

but I’ll always accept you for exactly who you are, the only person I want to spend my life with.

When I need to remind myself why I made this promise to Jeff, I re-read our vows and know how lucky we are to have found one another. Who else will put up with my compulsive list-making, singing in the shower, and fear of highways? He’s the man who encouraged me to keep taking photos and who loves to cook me dinner and make beautiful, surreal paintings.

monsterpainting

"for better or for worse" by Jeff Schreckengost

Marriage is a journey that I never thought would be so challenging and so amazing. If I could call anything close to home, it’s being with Monster. 

portrait of Jeff as Krampus (or Satan, or whatever)

portrait of Jeff as Krampus (or Satan, or whatever)

Halloween annivesary

paper is the first anniversary traditional gift.

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