New Website!

May 1, 2017

I have a New Website and a New Online Store!

Check out VAMPIRE BABY and other new images!

http://www.joshuahoffine.com

SPFX Baby Prop by Bean Shanine

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Making PARKING LOT

November 25, 2016

Hi kiddies!  This is my new photography project called PARKING LOT!

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Being afraid of somebody hiding under your car is the adult equivalent of fearing the monster under your bed.  Dark spaces and exposed ankles.

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I wanted this Horror image to be set in bright daylight.  Finding a location for this idea was not easy.  Most businesses would prefer you not stage a murder in their parking lot.  Even a fake one.  In the end, I staged my photo-shoot in a parking lot across the street from 3rd Street Asylum, the haunted house run by my cousins.  The police stopped by only once, and they were very friendly.

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The victim was played by Cori Jo Hawkins.

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The scary man hiding under the car was played by her husband and filmmaker Trevor Hawkins from Mammoth Media.  Trevor helped me with my short film BLACK LULLABY and is one of the chief collaborators on my upcoming movie project.  Right now he is finishing up his own first movie, a romantic drama called LOTAWANA.

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I based Cori’s positioning on Andrew Wyeth’s famous painting CHRISTINA’S WORLD.

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The SPFX mask was created by legendary creature designer Jordu Schell.

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Thank you to Nikki Moreno at Vixen Pin-Up for doing Cori’s hair!

Thank you to Luke for allowing me to borrow his cool car.

Thank you to Chris Hawkins for all your help getting the car to the location and back.

And thank you to Dawn and Matt Cheek for producing this photo project!

See you next time!

Portraits of Fright – Short Documentary

November 16, 2016

 

Filmmaker Alden Miller made a short documentary about me and my Horror photography!

MALEFICIUM Dark Art Exhibition 6

November 16, 2016

A full-scale print of my new NOSFERATU image will be on display as part of the 6th Annual Maleficium Dark Art Exhibit at the Kosart Gallery in Chicago! The show opens this Saturday Nov. 19th

I will also have my triptych of JEKYLL & HYDE on display, as well as NOSFERATU PORTRAIT and WITCH PORTRAIT.

My actors from these projects – Bob Barber and my wife Jen from NOSFERATU, and Chad Hawks from JEKYLL & HYDE – will be at the opening reception with me as well!

This annual art show is curated by my friend and frequent collaborator  J. Anthony Kosar. Anthony and his team created the amazing make-up for my NOSFERATU and JEKYLL & HYDE projects.

Come join us if you can – this will be a great show!

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Making NOSFERATU

October 28, 2016

Hi kiddies!  This is my new image NOSFERATU.

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Nosferatu was played by Bob Barber.

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The Victim was played by my wife Jen Hoffine.

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SPFX Make-Up by J. Anthony Kosar and Kosart Effects.

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Demian Vela was my photo assistant.

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This image is included in my upcoming book of Horror photographs from Dark Regions Press.  You can Pre-Order your copy on their website. Thank you to all of the Kickstarter backers who made this project a reality!

See you next time!

Making WITCH

September 30, 2016

Hi kiddies!

This is my new Horror photograph called WITCH.

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This project was produced by Jeff Simon.

The SPFX witch mask was made by Midnight Studios FX.

The witch, in Jungian terms, is the archetype of the devouring mother. The anti-mother.  So of course, I gave my own mother Carol Hoffine the title role – despite the fact that she is one of the greatest moms of all time.

Here she is trying on the costume for my shoot:

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The baby head is a doll’s head.  I painted it and glued on snippets of my own hair.  My wife Jen glued on fake eyelashes for me.

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Brenna Hoch did the make-up for my mother’s hands.

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Demian Vela, as always, was on set to assist.

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The witch mask was foam-filled and unable to wear.  So after photographing my Mom, we moved the witch head into her exact position.

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I combined my Mom with the SPFX witch head in Photoshop for the final image.

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A special thank you to Trevor Hawkins for helping me find the perfect wooded location.

See you next time!

Making JEKYLL & HYDE

September 2, 2016

Hey kiddies!

This is my recent photo project JEKYLL & HYDE.

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The star and producer of this project was Chad Hawks. Chad previously played Jack the Ripper for me.  He was also the producer for my Lovecraft project INNSMOUTH.  We staged JEKYLL & HYDE as a triptych of 3 images: Before, Mid-Transformation, and After.

Make-up effects were created by J. Anthony Kosar at Kosart Effects.

Demian Vela, as always, was on set to assist.

Lab props were loaned to us by Pamela Coggins at Noir Oddities on 39th.

And we staged this photo project in the beautiful Victorian home of Kent Dicus and Michael Ohlson.

Thank you to everyone, especially Chad, for making this project a reality!

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See you next time!

 

Hardcover Book Campaign a Success!

June 27, 2016

Thank you to everyone who supported the recent Kickstarter campaign for my first book of Horror photographs! Thank you to publisher Chris Morey at Dark Regions Press, and my tireless advisors Justin Gardner and Chad Hawks for running such a great campaign.

We achieved our initial goal in 96 hours, and went on to achieve all of our stretch goals, finishing 236% funded, with 547 backers!

This oversized 12×12 hardcover book will be a complete compendium of my work as a Horror photographer, spanning 13 years of work. This book will include several new images, including PARKING LOT, JEKYLL & HYDE, OPEN WINDOW, and WITCH.  I will be revealing these new images online in the months leading up to the actual production and delivery of the book.

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We also achieved our stretch goals to create the new images NOSFERATU and DEVIL MUGSHOT!

Thank you again for all of your support!

MALEFICIUM Dark Art Exhibition 5

November 10, 2015

A full-scale print of my new INNSMOUTH image will be on display as part of the 5th Annual Maleficium Dark Art Exhibit at the Kosart Gallery in Chicago! The show opens this Saturday Nov. 14th

This fantastic art show is curated by frequent collaborator J. Anthony Kosar. Anthony and his team created the monsters for my INNSMOUTH project. Jen and I will be at the opening, as well as my producer Chad Hawks, star of my JACK THE RIPPER project.  Come join us if you can and meet the artists in person – this will be a great show!

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Making INNSMOUTH PORTRAITS

October 21, 2015

Hi kiddies!

The monstrous fish people created by J. Anthony Kosar and his team at Kosart Effects are amazing!  I wanted to shoot portraits of these Deep One characters to compliment my main INNSMOUTH photograph. Because the story by H.P. Lovecraft Shadow Over Innsmouth describes generations of Innsmouth inhabitants going back decades, I decided to shoot the portraits as genuine wet plate photographs utilizing photo technology from the 1800’s.

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This type of wet plate photography is like alchemy and utilizes dangerous chemicals that can asphyxiate you or even cause an explosion.   I recruited knowledgeable wet plate photographer Steve Wilson to come in and help.  I worked for Steve Wilson at Hallmark Cards as a young photographer. He was an early important mentor and it was great to work with him again.

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We shot the portraits in my home.  Kosar and I dressed wooden mannequins in period costumes and posed them for the camera.

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Steve used a powerful HMI light because wet plate has a very slow exposure time and requires a tremendous amount of light.  I love the idea that some young man from Innsmouth participated in the Civil War as a Massachusetts resident.

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Here you can see Steve manning the large 8×10 View Camera.  I helped frame and light our portrait subjects.

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After exposing a metal plate that he had prepared with a light-sensitive chemical coating, Steve would remove the plate from the camera and develop it in my kitchen while we watched.

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I think the singular aesthetics of the wet plate process lend themselves beautifully to gothic subject matter.

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See you next time!