5 Dark Photos More Shocking Than Any Black Friday Deal

Bethany Gaffey

What is it about darkness that makes us feel afraid? Is it just a deeper fear of the unknown? Or a feeling of helplessness from suddenly losing one of our senses? Regardless of where it comes from, darkness is a common childhood fear. And although we may gradually grow out of it as we age, there are elements of the dark that will always make us feel something.

Artists and photographers alike have been taking advantage of the power of darkness for years. Whether it is via exposure adjustments or simply shooting at night, black water can create a compelling contrast in any underwater photograph. With that being said, these five photos are so shockingly beautiful they may leave you more breathless than any Black Friday deal ever could.

DARK REFLECTIONS

Photo: Zach Levitetz @surfzach

Photo: Zach Levitetz @surfzach

A stress-free green sea turtles glides just beneath the surface in Deerfield Beach, Florida, blissfully unaware of the madness of Black Friday shopping.

FINS AFLAME

Photo: Steven Kovacs @steven_kovacs_photography

Photo: Steven Kovacs @steven_kovacs_photography

Like a flaming hot Black Friday deal, the orange fins of this juvenile pinnate batfish pop against a black background.

SITTING, WAITING, WISHING

Photo: Martin Bovingdon @martinbov

Photo: Martin Bovingdon @martinbov

Just as Black Friday shoppers wait in endlessly long lines, a painted frogfish patiently waits for an unsuspecting meal to approach.

MIDNIGHT SNACK

Photo: Alan Egan @alancegan

Photo: Alan Egan @alancegan

No amount of bargain hunting can surpass the hunting expertise of this Atlantic spotted dolphin as it chases down its prey in the dark off West End, Grand Bahama.

EYES ON THE PRIZE

Photo: Maldives Underwater Initiative @maldivesunderwaterinitiative

Photo: Maldives Underwater Initiative @maldivesunderwaterinitiative

Ever wish you had extra arms to carry all your shopping bags? Well, this bigfin reef squid has eight!


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