Chilling Photographs That'll Change Your Perspective

By Sophia Maddox | June 9, 2023

Grotesque and frightening, the gargoyles atop Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral were meant to ward off evil spirits. 

Things aren’t always as they seem. This collection of photographs will show you a view of history – its people, places, and events – that offers a different perspective than what we see in our history books. You will see famous people before they were stars, the final moments of some people’s lives, fads and trends of the past, and some intriguing slices of life in days gone by. History is full of fascinating little tidbits that make for wonderful stories. All we need to do to find them is to change our perspective.

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Fantastical stone monsters guard Notre Dame Cathedral. (pinterest)

The fearsome gargoyles atop Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral have been the subject of fascination since the gothic church was built in the Middle Ages. In fact, it is hard to think about the famous cathedral without envisioning its many stone gargoyles. According to legend, the gargoyles were put in place to ward off evil spirits and prevent bad vibes from entering the building. But the gargoyles have another, more practical, function. The stone demons hide the drain spouts that funnel rainwater off the roof to the cathedral. Did you know that no two gargoyles at Notre Dame Cathedral are the same? Each one is unique, giving rise to the idea that each one has its own distinct personality. 

Photographer Roland Reed’s 1910 image, titled “The Eagle”, showed the majestic beauty of the Blackfoot people in their ancestral home in what is now Glacier National Park ⛰️

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The photographer was less interested in accurately depicting the Blackfoot people than he was with the artistic arrangement of the photograph. (Pinterest)

Roland Reed was a prominent American photographer of the early 20th century who was known for his photographic series featuring Native Americans. Reed, however, was a pictorialist. This artistic movement of the day put an emphasis on artistic arrangement rather than authenticity. The majority of Reed’s photographs of the Blackfoot people, like this one seen here, were staged. Reed sacrificed historical and ethnological accuracy for the sake of a great photograph. Since a collection of his photographs remain, historians are challenged with unraveling the portions of the images that are true to the Blackfoot legacy and which aspects were stages by Reed.