Just Try Not To Get Scared Looking Through Horror Photographer Joshua Hoffine’s “Keyhole”

So, you’ll noticed I “reblogged” a post a couple of days ago also from Josh Hoffine’s blog, “Making Pickman’s Masterpiece”. I was talking about some of the themes of Mr Hoffine’s work, and which ones scared me the most, and it seems I managed to overlook this one.

I do recall seeing this nightmare of an image, titled Keyhole, a couple of years ago, but I think it’s one of those things your mind sort of rejects to try to protect your emotional health, like a DVD player kicking out a damaged or unplayable disc after trying to read it for ten to fifteen seconds. Disc Cannot Be Played. I had the same reaction the first time I saw it; I just froze up. It actually is a good thing to see the breakdown of how it was made, to remind me it is JUST A FICTIONAL PHOTOGRAPH, with actors, models, special effects, and a little bit of digital manipulation. If you do a Google image search for Joshua Hoffine Keyhole and look at the image alone… you might get understand why this deconstruction of this photo is actually comforting. This remains one of the most frightening (fictional) photographs I’ve seen in the last decade. DAMN.

Well, I’m off to look for actor “Bob Barber” on the IMDB, to see what else he’s done and again remind myself he’s not really an emaciated maniacal axe-murderer. Maybe HE has a blog…

 

Joshua Hoffine Horror Blog

Hey kiddies! This is my new Horror photograph, called KEYHOLE.

What if you look through your keyhole and discover an axe murderer right on the other side of your door?

And he catches you looking?

I wanted to create an image that would cast you – the viewer – as a character in the scene. This image is about voyeurism, about seeing something that you shouldn’t, and worse – being caught in the act. In this image you – the viewer – are the incumbent victim.

This photograph was shot on location in the home of my friends Jon and Ron McGee, who were kind enough to allow me to splash their walls with fake blood, and leave indelible pink stains on their unfinished floors.

I made an oversized keyhole for the camera to look through out of foamcore, copper paint, and sculpey.

Bob Barber played the part of the…

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