Photographer Lori Pond has produced an amazing series of prints that recreate figures and tableaux from the Hieronymus Bosch paintings “The Last Judgment,” “The Temptation of St. Anthony,” and “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” The painter’s unsettling visions fit well with much of Pond’s dreamlike work, such as her tintypes that recall the grotesque surrealism of Frederick Sommer and Joel-Peter Witkin, or her dark, brooding, and massively disquieting images of taxidermied animals baring their fangs.
What’s remarkable, though, about the Bosch series, is just how much for these images was accomplished in-camera, before digital editing. In an interview with Create, Pond revealed the work that went into crafting these images:
“I hired a prosthetics designer to create the iconic ‘Bosch snout’ and legs and tail in one image, and a propmaster to make the life-size boat in Bosch Redux 4.0. My taxidermy teacher gave me some crows’ feet, and I got my friends not only to model for me, but also to help with the prop building, wardrobe, and makeup that went into every image. Most resulting photographs are made in camera, apart from some exceptions when I didn’t want to string up a woman in a harp or couldn’t find ears or birds bigger than a human.”
Where digital effects were added, Pond was faithful to the source material—the cracked paint textures applied to some of the images were lifted from high-res digital photos of the actual Bosch paintings.
Hey, this one looks awfully familiar!
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
A little ass music: Hieronymus Bosch’s 500-year-old butt song from hell
Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘Garden Of Earthly Delights’ featured on Dr. Martens bags and shoes
Vile Bodies: The nightmarish visions of photographer Joel-Peter Witkin