This is the third and final photograph from my new project titled PERSEPHONE.

In Greek mythology, Persephone was a nature goddess who became Queen of the Underworld after being abducted by Hades.  When she is in the Underworld we experience winter.  And when she visits the world she brings with her spring, flowers, and the resurrection of life.  As both a Goddess of Spring, and the Queen of the Underworld – she exemplifies the tension between life and death.

Rebekah Whitt played the part of Persephone, and her SPFX Make-up was done by Shawn Shelton with Bandersnatch Studios.

David Greathouse helped with set construction.

The walls and archway of the set were made from plastic VacuForm panels that we painted to look like stone.

We dressed the set walls with fake foliage and roses, which were meticulously glued to the walls, one flower at a time.

Beki Ingram helped with set construction.

Demian Vela also assisted with set construction.

My wife Jen Hoffine assisted with set construction as well.

Beki Ingram painted hands and arms on 2 models.  I shot the model hands separately and used Photoshop to graft them onto the fake arms that I inserted into the set.  The out-of-focus hands in the foreground were photographed live in front of the camera, with the models kneeling beneath the lens of my camera.

See you next time!

17 Responses to “Making PERSEPHONE”

  1. ReelyBored Says:

    Fantastic! as usual 🙂

  2. djinnocide Says:

    Absolutely brilliant!

  3. IPBrian Says:


  4. Gini Says:

    Really beautifully done! I like this foray into mythology; I hope you continue down that delicious path.

  5. Dean Bowman Says:

    Spectacular, as always. Fabulous job!

  6. Joshua Hoffine Returns With “Persephone”… | Cherrybombed Says:

    […] was back with a new photograph, Persophone. As usual, the always amazing Hoffine captured the step by scary step process of making Persophone on his blog. More images from Hoffine’s impressive catalog can also be found at his newly […]

  7. H.P. Algernon Varney Says:

    Absolutely outstanding! I adore the details and the genuinly horrifying face 🙂

  8. Ethan Says:

    SO glad to see a new post! Amazing work as usual, I love how you show the intricate process and care that goes into your work! Rebekah looked amazing! (and i’m actually really digging her dress!) The way you described the story of Persephone was really interesting too. Can’t wait for your next post!

  9. toni Says:

    Wow.. Awesome. 🙂

  10. Ana Shadow Wolf Says:

    Just amazing and breathtaking, as always. A great idea of using the theme of Persephone, I hope to see more of myth-themed works!!!!!!

  11. Jolie du Pre (@Joliedupre) Says:

    Absolutely amazing how this all came together. I love all of the roses mixed in with all that terror.

    Precious Monsters

  12. matthewseanmclachlan Says:

    This and Pickman’s Masterpiece look like they were a real blast to shoot and make! Great work!

  13. meximo70 Says:

    absolutely amazing. you inspire that dark creator in me

  14. Mrs. Horror Boom ( Says:

    Reblogged this on HORROR BOOM and commented:
    Persephone began her yearly visit to visit the world a month or so ago; let’s welcome her back by reading about Joshua Hoffine’s interpretation of this particular story from Greek Mythology (though in the version I learned back in school, Persephone was the daughter of an even more powerful nature goddess. Please note that the ‘featured photo’ used above belongs to Josh Hoffine and Horror Boom has no copyright claim on anything to do with it, except for using it to get you to hopefully interest you in reading the story behind it. All images are copyright Mr. Hoffine.

  15. DietrichLeighFriedeman Says:

    I was wondering if you ever gave Busch Gardens Tampa Florida the rights to use Persephone for their halloween event Howl O Scream. I’m from Tampa Florida, and recently discovered your work and immediately recognized “Persephone” as the main Advertising character from Busch Gardens 2012 Howl O Scream Theme Dark Side Of The Gardens. But when I tried to look up and see if they were indeed the same character. I couldn’t find anything. I’m positive its the same character though due to the fact that some of the promotional posters from howl o scream are the same as the pics on here (just slightly altered example of which is they added eyes to the center of the roses)

  16. DietrichLeighFriedeman Says:

    I meant to say I recognize her from the 2011 howl o scream same theme different character from 2012

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