A wolf stalks a lone toddler in diapers. A corpse teeming with spiders cradles her very animate infant. Zombies invade a suburban home and are shotgunned. A little girl descends the basement steps while the creature beneath them eagerly awaits… these are but a handful of the gorgeous nightmares photographer, Joshua Hoffine creates in his studio.
While it’s a far cry from his start with Hallmark, his work is very much a family affair, often calling upon the talents of his wife and four daughters to create the scenes inspired by the very stories he’s told his children at bedtime.
With his crew, Hoffine creates lush, fully saturated scenes dripping with blood, gore, clowns and balloons. Amid the carefully staged tableaus, horror and whimsy battle for dominance. His work is both lovely and violent, calling on deeply embedded childhood fears: the creature under the bed, the lurker in the shadows, and the unknown just around the corner.
Recently, he has teamed up with actor and body artist Doug Jones (Hell Boy, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer) to create a Lovecraftian-themed project for FX.
His book on Dark Regions press will soon be published after a successful crowd funding project. He has been showcased in Rue Morgue Magazine and the Independent UK .
For more information on Hoffine and his awesomely gory, beautiful work, visit his blog at joshuahoffine.wordpress.com.
All images copyright Joshua Hoffine 2016