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Joshua Hoffine

Artist Joshua Hoffine Works to Bring Nightmares to Life

Several years ago, thanks to social media, I came across something that both haunted and delighted me. They were pictures of young children in terrifying situations by a man named Joshua Hoffine. I had never seen photography like this: pictures that were beautiful and piqued my love of horror at the same time.

Joshua Hoffine
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Over the years, I’ve continued to follow his work and see all of the nightmares he was creating with his photography. He played on fears from childhood, historic murderers, and disturbing imagery. His pictures are more than just pictures by creating a story and a world around them.

Joshua Hoffine
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According to his mission statement on his website he is “interested in the psychology of fear,” and believes, “horror, as an art form, draws its strength from the unconscious.”

Joshua Hoffine
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In his pictures portraying childhood fears called “After Dark, My Sweet”, he used his daughters as the subjects. Hoffine told the Huffington Post that, “They loved it. It was like a giant game of dress-up for them…They also knew we were making a scary picture — and loved the idea of scaring the audience as much as I did.”

Joshua Hoffine
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Born in Emporia, KS and based out of Kansas City, MO, he started taking pictures not long after he graduated college while working for Hallmark. According to his bio on his website, he started taking “horror pictures” in 2003 and got social media notoriety in 2008.

Joshua Hoffine
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In 2014, he released a short film called Black Lullaby (the ending to his “After Dark, My Sweet” picture series), which was his first foray into horror film. If you would like to see some behind the scenes of his horror shoots, check out his blog for updates on his work and sneak peeks into his process.

Joshua Hoffine
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Joshua Hoffine also announced after a successful kickstarter that a book of his photography will be released this year. I don’t know about you, but this is one book I need for my collection. It was nearly impossible to pick all of my favorites for this article, so for more of his work, be sure to check out his website.

(Featured image courtesy of joshuahoffine.wordpress.com)