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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Boo! Dad Hoffine uses daughters for incredible horror pictures

An American photographer has created a controversial collection of images showing his young daughters posing in horror movie scenes.

Joshua Hoffine identified his most controversial image as being that of a cornered nappy-wearing child screaming as a wolf approaches her on a staircase. 'This one I get hate mail for- it crosses the line for so many people. The wolf is universally read as a sexual predator,' he said
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Joshua Hoffine identified his most controversial image as being that of a cornered nappy-wearing child screaming as a wolf approaches her on a staircase. 'This one I get hate mail for- it crosses the line for so many people. The wolf is universally read as a sexual predator,' he said
Joshua Hoffine / JoshuaHoffine.com
Joshua Hoffine identified his most controversial image as being that of a cornered nappy-wearing child screaming as a wolf approaches her on a staircase. 'This one I get hate mail for- it crosses the line for so many people. The wolf is universally read as a sexual predator,' he said Joshua Hoffine / JoshuaHoffine.com
Joshua Hoffine says comforting treats, such as freshly baked cookies, were always on hand to keep the girls happy Joshua Hoffine / JoshuaHoffine.com
The photographer insists his daughters were not at all scared while posing for the photographs however, insisting they performed for less than a minute at a time Joshua Hoffine / JoshuaHoffine.com
Mr Hoffine described how featuring his daughters in the scary photographers has proved controversial, even leading to hate mail from people who felt he was terrifying the young children. Joshua Hoffine / JoshuaHoffine.com
In a post on his website the freelance photographer says: Horror tells us that our belief in security is delusional, and that the monsters are all around us. Joshua Hoffine / JoshuaHoffine.com
Joshua Hoffine believes horror is 'ultimately concerned with the imminence and randomness of death, and the implication that there is no certainty to existence' Joshua Hoffine / JoshuaHoffine.com
The 40-year-old, whose work has previously been published in art magazines, says his own love of horror films goes way beyond cheap thrill
In a post on his website the freelance photographer says: 'Horror tells us that our belief in security is delusional, and that the monsters are all around us'
The photographer insists his daughters were not at all scared while posing for the photographs
The 40-year-old says his love of horror films goes way beyond a cheap thrill Joshua Hoffine / JoshuaHoffine.com
Joshua Hoffine / JoshuaHoffine.com
Joshua Hoffine said he was inspired to create the terrifying images after reading scary bedtime stories to his four daughters Joshua Hoffine / JoshuaHoffine.com
Joshua Hoffine said he was inspired to create the terrifying images after reading scary bedtime stories to his four daughters, two of whom appear in the photographs.

Joshua Hoffine said he was inspired to create the scary images after reading bedtime stories to his four daughters, two of whom appear in the photographs.

The 40-year-old, whose work has previously been published in art magazines, says his own love of horror films goes way beyond cheap thrill, adding he believes the genre is “ultimately concerned with the imminence and randomness of death, and the implication that there is no certainty to existence”.

In a post on his website, the freelance photographer says: “Horror tells us that our belief in security is delusional, and that the monsters are all around us.”

Mr Hoffine described how featuring his daughters in the scary photographers has proved controversial, even leading to hate mail from people who felt he was terrifying the young children.

The photographer insists his daughters were not at all scared while posing for the photographs however, insisting they performed for less than a minute at a time and comforting treats, such as freshly baked cookies, were always on hand to keep them happy.

He identified the most controversial image as being that of a cornered nappy-wearing child screaming as a wolf approaches her on a staircase.

“This one I get hate mail for- it crosses the line for so many people. The wolf is universally read as a sexual predator”, Mr Hoffine said.

More of Joshua Hoffine’s work can be found on his website: JoshuaHoffine.com

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