Photographer's Note

Just as the Council Members got burnt down by the first rays of Daylight...


The Vampire Council acts as the governing body of the vampires, and as a court or police. The council members are the first and oldest vampires, the most powerful. The council members are masters at finding that which terrifies you most and using it against you. They will use your desires against you and twist everything you are into a shape of their choosing. They are the nightmare on which all vampires are based. The thing that even other vampires fear. And to top it off they hate each other a lot.


Recent forensic evidence suggests that vampire perspiration contains magnesium-based substances which are liable to combustion in certain conditions, including high air temperature (greater than 42oC) and specific light wavelengths 560-580nm; when illumination is above 5cd/m2 (solar intensity above approximately 500W/m2). In effect, this means direct sunlight around dawn and dusk or a 'bright' day, even with substantial cloud cover. The 'smoking vampire', as seen on Angel and Buffy , when the vampire exposes themselves to briefly to sunlight at the margin, is a real possibility.

Artificial light can be used to destroy vampires, but the correct frequency is vital, and the required brightness would be difficult to achieve other than in a fairly small enclosed space. Hunting by night, even with a battery of spotlights (as featured in The Little Vampire), would be almost certainly be doomed to failure, and might prove foolhardy.

Sunlight has been used effectively since long before formal records have been kept, and has been shown to be the simplest, surest and safest method of vampire destruction.

The risk lies in the methods used to force the vampire into daylight; attacking a vampire at rest during the day is a challenge that has attracted many novel approaches; a courageous woman, prepared to risk her life in distracting the vampire until daybreak features in legend, and was first - and beautifully - portrayed in Nosferatu.

A combination of crossbow, harpoon and winch was effectively utilised in John Carpenter's Vampires; dragging the vampires from their sleep kicking and screaming into the daylight - but not without some failures and human casualties. While the sunlight did not let them down, the weapon design could have been better!

When the vampire cannot be brought to the light, the light can be brought to the vampire; coffin opening as a plot device has featured heavily in the lower-budget horror movie, but persuading a vampire to sleep anywhere near direct sunlight might be problematic in the real world.

Vampires, unsurprisingly, have a mortal fear of sunlight; this fear alone can be crippling, albeit briefly, and was nicely illustrated in the original movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer.




Taken in Friedrichswerdersche Kirche, Berlin
A sarcastic installation depicting some politicians was on exhibit...

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