MONCTON – An amateur photographer’s gothic style images have been snapped up south of the border.
It may not be the cover of “Rolling Stone” magazine, but Moncton photographer LeeAnn Dussault is thrilled that her photos have been published in a U.S. alternative magazine “Sanctuary.”
“I like doing the different style photography, it’s kind of like more edgy, more grungy and darkish alternative style,” she said.
The gothic style mermaid images she produced along the shore of Cap-Pelé were so striking, one was featured on the front cover of the U.S. publication. Sanctuary features dark alternative fashion, art, and culture from around the globe.
Dussault’s images have appeared in the magazine before, but this is first time she was featured on the front cover. It appeared in the August issue.
“I was dazed, surprised I didn’t think my photos would be good enough to be on the cover of that,” she said. “I always wanted to shoot a mermaid set. I had my model in from Bouctouche and we had some fittings and we went like a turquoise kind of like seaweed colour and some gold.”
Dussault has no formal training in photography. But she certainly has an eye for the eerie.
She’s hoping to get published again this October by recreating the infamous bloody prom night image from the 1976 movie “Carrie” with the help of Fredericton model Chantal Hiltz.
“I like doing stuff like this because it’s unique and a lot of people are not doing stuff like this. Usually it’s pretty pictures and stuff like that,” said Hiltz as she stood in front of a stone wall in north Moncton coated in fake blood.
She was definitely not pretty as a picture, but her image was indeed unforgettable.
Dussault says not everyone likes her work. She says it’s a little too “out there” for some people. But for her – the gorier the better.
“The first movie I ever watched I think I was seven or eight and it was Pet Cemetery and I couldn’t sleep for a week, but I loved the movie,” she said.
Not as much as she loves reproducing that same kind of shock and horror with her own lens.