An interesting note through Lynch’s image framework
When thinking of the film Eraserhead, chances are, cinematography is not the first topic to come to mind, nor the name Frederick Elmes. Elmes has worked with Lynch on numerous films, as well as other notable less mainstream filmmakers. Elmes came onto the project of Eraserhead after the film had already been set into motion, but his camera work and keen eye for lighting, especially in black and white, made the film one of legends. Elmes clearly understood Lynch’s vision, and while setting the light maintained a severe amount of contrast for very distinctive purpose.
The film is, in my opinion and possibly many others, an abstract surrealist walk through some ones mind. The amount of contrast and darkness and struggle to see what ‘may’ be going on in the shadows works perfectly in achieving this sensation of eeriness or anxiety-ridden despondency: which is exactly what the main character, Henry…
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