Thursday, October 13, 2011

Horror Photographer - Joshua Hoffine

After Leo Godin, of Story and Song blog, first drew my attention to these pictures, I decided to track down the photographer, Joshua Hoffine, and ask his permission to share some of his work here.

Joshua, who is interested in the "psychology of fear", defines his horror photography this way:

"We are born with certain inherent and instinctual fears, such as fear of the dark, fear of lurking danger, and the fear of being eaten. As we grow older, these fears lose their intensity, and are slowly shuffled away into our Unconscious.

Horror, as an art form, draws its strength from the Unconscious.

Horror photography is able to present these abstract and forgotten fears in literal terms."

Staging his photo shoots like mini movies, Joshua uses friends and family members, including his own children, as actors and crew.

Personally, I'm most interested in the nightmare and creepy fairy tale imagery, but if gore's more your thing, then visit the Joshua Hoffine website and check out the rest of his portfolio. A peek through a keyhole at an axe murderer, and a portrait of a man chewing the flesh from his own forearm, are just a couple of the treats that await you.

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