Impression № 032: The Owlmen of Mawnan

“It was like a big owl with pointed ears, as big as a man. The eyes were red and glowing. At first I thought it was someone dressed up, playing a joke, trying to scare us. I laughed at it, we both did, then it went up into the air and we both screamed. When it went up you could see its feet were like pincers.”

-Sally Chapman, July 3rd, 1976 
Falmouth Bay, UK

Todd Michael Freeman tells Dr. Hurley about his inspiration:

“Much of the work I’ve been doing the past few years comes from a need to describe the mysterious, unknown things of the world for myself- or just working from stories and interesting events that I felt were lacking in visual evidence. I try to recreate the empirical language of old world taxonomy plates, a lens that I think authenticates the odder stuff I’m interested in. Its important to me that these images feel real, and all read the same regardless of how unworldly the subject might be. This classic, self-contained format helps reinforce feelings of documentation, and provides a visual record for a host of subjects of interest in both the natural and supernatural worlds.”

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Todd Freeman’s other publications at Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.

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  1. Todd, you have such a good point. Writing something conventional is almost like using a recipe. The subject and the writer both benefit from the process. peace, Gisele

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