Giallo Realness

"I like women, especially beautiful ones. If they have a good face and figure, I would much prefer to watch them being murdered than an ugly girl or a man"


-       Dario Argento

Artist's Statement:

Inspired by classic tropes of women in horror films, this series of images hopes to capture both a cinematic quality through lighting and composition and the portrayal of neurotic female characters found in countless titles. These are the women who find pleasure in violent acts; the ones who snap after a series of traumatic events; the ones who play dutiful housewife only to later to have their husband's blood on their hand. Models Bridget Smith and Panda Burch helped to bring these stories, typically saved for a cinematic camera, to life in still imagery. I ask you to ponder these two question when faced with these images: how does her story begin, and how does her story end?

Artist's Bio:

Erika Arbak is a photographer and cinematographer from Bend, Oregon. She is fully self taught and started taking photos when she was 13 years old. She has always had a special interest in capturing people and portraits, whether that be on 35mm film, still digital images, ballpoint pen portraits, or through video and film. You may see more of her photography at