Masks: What Lies Underneath?

With Halloween lurking just around the corner, it’s never too soon to start planning your costume.  Every year I’ve wanted to handcraft a scary mask, but never had the time or inspiration to do so.  And then I find myself watching “The Masks” episode of the Twilight Zone where the old, dying man tricks his rotten family to wear the most gruesome masks on Mardi Gras, only to realize they are stuck with their distorted, “true versions” of their faces their whole lives. That’s always enough to scare me out of wearing one.

“The Masks,” Twilight Zone, 1964, season 5, episode 25

But this year is different. No distorted faces or creepy masks are going to keep me from making one. And for that reason I’ve selected some awfully creepy photos from the ICP archives to inspire you and me to make a mask for this coming Hallow’s eve.


Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Untitled [Child with Masks at Waterfall], 1963

Weegee, [Distortion of naked woman holding mask], 1960s

Just be careful removing it. You never know what lies underneath.

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