The surreal, and often nightmarish, scenes featured in Hieronymus Bosch's paintings, such as The Last Judgment or The Garden Of Earthly Delights, are still seen as some of the most terrifying visions of Hell on Earth ever illustrated.
Bosch's unique take on that demonic look has influenced artists for centuries, but few photographers have ever tackled the difficult task of bringing these characters to life quite like Lori Pond.
Lori lets the Bosch influence shine through in her photos without allowing the literal translations to dull the character's edge, because they're supposed to be mysterious and bizarre beings after all.
But what's truly surprising about Lori's images is the fact that they're only a tad digitally enhanced:
“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.”
-Via Dangerous Minds