I have been looking at images of loft hatches because they are a very familiar thing that could be made to look very ominous. I can remember being frightened of the loft as a child especially when it was open. There is something about that dark rectangle of blackness in the ceiling that I found very disturbing. It always seems to give me the feeling that something is looking back at me.
I wanted to use images of loft hatches that are very common place and that could be found in anybodys house.
When searching for images of loft hatches I found these images of bats nesting in someone’s loft. I thought it was quite disturbing. Imagine climbing into the loft to bring the Christmas decorations down and finding ths.
I thought this was a good example of a familiar location being corrupted by an outside element. These images reminded me of the famous attic scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963).
The Birds Attic Scene