Hell, just check out Joshua Hoffine, for starters. His still photography is some of the most creative– and downright nightmarish– imagery I’ve ever seen outside of a horror movie. I’ve been following Joshua Hoffine since an article in Fangoria a few years back did a feature on his art that just fucking blew me away. I’ve been keeping tabs on his work through his website on a regular basis ever since. His new projects never cease to amaze and frighten me; JACK THE RIPPER is no exception. I’ll be sure to share more content from his blog and site with you. While I admire his entire portfolio, I especially enjoy his pieces that draw inspiration from childhood nightmares (the monsters waiting under your bed, in the dark space of a closet or under the basement stairs), or urban legends (the maniac escaped from a mental institution who just so happens to be hiding in your house …and has almost made his way to grabbing range of you).
Don’t miss it …but at the same time, remember much of what you see will be burned into the inside of your eyelids for years!
-Mrs. Horror Boom
- Horror Photographer Joshua Hoffine Completes Jack the Ripper Photo Panel (dreadcentral.com)
- Horror Photographer Joshua Hoffine Reveals His Newest Nightmare: Jack the Ripper (dreadcentral.com)
- Horror Photography At its Best: Joshua Hoffine (rhinoshorror.com)
- Was Jack the Ripper a woman? (history.com)
Hey kiddies! This is the first part of my new photo project JACK THE RIPPER.
Conceived as a 2-panel diptych, JACK THE RIPPER depicts the moments “just before” and “just after” a grisly alleyway murder. What makes Jack the Ripper so compelling to me is that nothing is known about him. Because he was never caught, we have no actual information about who he was or why he committed his gruesome crimes. We do not possess a historical or biographical portrait, but instead share a communally imagined idea of Jack the Ripper as an aristocratic predator. As a boogeyman, he graphically symbolizes the idea of the wealthy and powerful preying on the poor.
Unable to find an appropriate alleyway, I decided to build a set. The walls were made from large sheets of styrofoam that I carved and sculpted to look like brick using a hot-knife and heat gun.
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