If I had ever seen what Pickman saw—but no! Here, let’s have a drink before we get any deeper. Gad, I wouldn’t be alive if I’d ever seen what that man—if he was a man—saw! Pickman’s Model, ©H.P. Lovecraft, 1926
Another great piece on a great series by Joshua Hoffine. This time he doesn’t take on Jack the Ripper – he takes on Lovecraft‘s Pickman’s Model, and knocks it out of the fucking North End park. Don’t miss this! By the way, if you haven’t read Pickman’s Model, the H.P. Lovecraft story can be found online to read here – it creeps me out to this day, and I highly recommend it. I also love the Hammer Horror look Mr. Hoffine achieved with this flawless, atmospheric series. If you want to see more on his Jack the Ripper series, I reblogged it here. I also can’t recommend looking at Joshua Hoffine’s online portfolio enough – but not if you plan on getting a good night’s sleep! If you’d like to see an example to decide whether or not you should perhaps peruse his online portfolio in the daytime, or when you’re not the only one awake in the house, here’s a link to one of his scariest, titled Refrigerator, from the After Dark, My Sweet Series. I personally find this series deeply frightening, in fact the most frightening of any of his work (and that’s really saying something) probably because it preys on childhood fears, the monster hiding just around the corner or in the dark under the stairs. You haven’t seen it yet, you sense your worst nightmare is within grabbing reach of you, you’re too terrified to turn around and look directly at it …but it has seen you.
- Making JACK THE RIPPER (horrorboom.com)
- Horror Photographer Joshua Hoffine Completes Jack the Ripper Photo Panel (dreadcentral.com)
- Viscera Film Festival Calls for Entries, Joins Forces with Photographer Joshua Hoffine (dreadcentral.com)
- I Am Richard Pickman (isylumn.wordpress.com)
This is a recent project I photographed for Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine called PICKMAN’S MASTERPIECE.
This sequence of images is based on a 1927 short story by H.P. Lovecraft called Pickman’s Model. I was attracted to this project because of the character of Pickman – who in Lovecraft’s mythology is a brilliant but marginalized artist notorious for his horrifying artwork. Due to the graphic and disturbing nature of his work, he is shunned by his fellow artists.
Pickman is my patron saint.
I focused on the moment in the story when Pickman brings his last willing patron into his underground studio to show him his Masterpiece – his greatest and worst work – the one that can never be shown in public.
What he reveals is too much for the human mind to bear.
Instead of creating one heroic image, I wanted to create a sequence of images…
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