Updated: Apr 10, 2018
“I love the idea of taking two beautiful little girls and just drenching them in blood.”
A photography business specializing in horror shoots, sometimes involving children have become a buzz of controversy.
Melissa Trotter and Jason Jeffrey once focused their company, DxE Photography on lifestyle and portraits to blood, gore and intentional controversy.
Their first project was inspired by a video game and involved a 13-year-old girl, dressed as a cheerleader carrying a chainsaw, ready to kill zombies. Soon after they did a photo shoot with two girls, pig intestines and fake blood made from chocolate syrup.
They received sharp responses after they posted the photos on Facebook. One commenter wrote, "This isn't art! This is sick. And exploitation!" Another commenter asked for Human Service workers to intervene for the welfare of the children.
Kathy Telfer, spokeswoman from Alberta Human Services said the department's question is "Is the child being harmed?" Not, is this in good taste?
The mother of one of the little girls in the photographs described the photos in blood like "two kids playing with chocolate sauce."
While some people might find their photos in poor taste, I personally find them fun and interesting. If a child is willing and having fun with gore and creativity, then no one should be raising a stink.