By Richard Bruinsma
The saying suggests there is beauty in everything around us, but some people would say Yandina based photographer Kim Grimley has taken that to the extreme by finding the beauty in horror.
Most observers – including her TAFE photography teacher – expected this self-described “middle aged woman with a camera” to take photographs of babies, puppies and flowers, but she instead is drawn to unusual scenes containing scary characters and decorated by blood, gore, knives and axes.
“I was the only one in my class that had an interest in horror – most of the others were doing weddings and sport,” Kim said.
“I do other photos as well but I’m really drawn to the dark side.”
Caption: One of Kim Grimley’s photos
The unusual photography fetish follows a lifetime of enjoying horror movies – including sneaking out of her bedroom late at night when she heard her parents snoring to watch scary movies on TV.
“I think it’s the adrenaline, it’s the scare factor, but then you know you’re in your lounge room, the door is locked and you’re safe.
“At least when I’m watching a movie, it’s in a safe environment, it’s controlled, and I know it’s not real.”
She is the last person you would think would be attracted to the macabre, but despite her smile and bright eyes, she is attracted to the art of horror.
“I’ve always been interested in the dark side, odd things, things that are unusual,” Kim said.
“I see things that people might see as grotesque and I can find the beauty in it, I’m attracted to things like that.”
Kim is dyslexic and has always struggled with academia, so her personal talent and passion lies in the creative field – she has always had a special passion for photography.
Even when she became a nurse – trained through the hospital system in the years before it became a university course – she was always ready to take a photo.
That interest accompanied her when she was stationed with her husband, school teacher Ross Grimley, and her four children, at Thursday Island and Cooktown, in far north Queensland.
“I’ve always had a camera with me – when I was a nurse at Thursday Island, I had a stethoscope around my neck along with a camera around my neck.”
More recently, she was the still photographer for Nambour filmmaker Chris Sun’s horror film “Daddy’s Little Girl” and she did the red carpet photography for his follow up film “Charlie’s Farm”.
She hopes her photographs would be used as DVD and CD covers for those darker films and music.
The mystery that still comes with good photography was highlighted when she took a photo of a premature baby that was rushed into hospital on Thursday Island by its distraught Papua New Guinean mother.
“She was really freaked out about it,” Kim recalled.
“What she was upset about was how I got an image of this baby. Was it black magic? How was I able to get this image on the paper for her?”
Although she was able to explain that mystery photo, there’s no doubt that the beautiful magic still abounds.
Most of Kim’s photos are unsuitable for publication in a newspaper. For those keen to see more, visit her Instagram site: kjgphotos_horror