Gothic Photography


I’m interested in pushing the envelope with my photographic style and go for something more macabre. I’m really intrigued with a contemporary horror photographer named Joshua Hoffine. As far as I know he only shoots digital, but wow, the emotions he evokes in his work are just raw and pure fear.

Some ideas I have are to do a series of black and whites devoted to Alfred Hitchcock as well as the bad B Sci fi movies of the 50s, like the Blob, Tingler, House of Wax, and anything with Vincent Price! I’m also a huge fan of movies like Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, Stephen King books, the Omen Trilogy, etc. that didn’t always just go for the jugular to get a scare.

I love vampires and graveyard photos. Even some pinup style goth would be fun to try.

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There’s too much in-your-face gore and quick scare tactics used in films these days. Using simple toy cameras to take images that make the viewer use his/her imagination in my opinion are far more meaningful and long lasting to a person’s memory.

Creating the props would be very simple! Use a childhood toy and photograph it in a way that makes the viewer uneasy…a doll missing an eye, an empty wagon with a fake hand hanging off the back…even an empty playground can be a canvas to create fear.

If you want good old fashioned inspiration, watch any Alfred Hitchcock movie. Take mental notes…hmmm that reminds me…I need to go back to my “Rear Window” telescope to see what my neighbors are doing behind my house…

written by sthomas68 on 2011-03-24


  1. scorpie
    scorpie ·

    you should check out simon marsden's work, if you haven't already, i think you might like it. he shoots film, mostly infra-red (or at least used to... i'm not really up to date).

  2. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    I quite agree, like the idea and look forward to seeing what you may come up with!