Magical Photographs Dipped in Wine and Acid

Photographer Alison Scarpulla, whose work we recently spotted over at Lost at E Minor, takes gorgeous, strange photographs out in the woods and turns them into landscapes bristling with enchantments, and maybe just a little bit of the occult. Scarpulla shuns Photoshop and other digital processes, but rather gets her effects through a mystical alchemy of expired film, lenses smeared with water or dirt, and a tradition of dipping the negatives in acid and wine and blowing smoke on them. The results are beautiful, and her images feel like dark Shakespearean fairy tales, infused, both in subject and tone, with a sense of natural magic and poetry. Click through to see some of our favorites from her portfolio, and then be sure to head over to Scarpulla’s website for even more of her glorious photography.

Photo credit: Alison Scarpulla