Honorable Mention TOKYO-2017 Fine Art / Portrait

Bosch Redux 1.0

  • Photographer
    Lori Pond

My project "Bosch Redux" takes flight from the unprecedented imagination of Early Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch. I became fascinated with Bosch’s "The Garden of Earthly Delights" as a teenager. His limitless imagination and intricately detailed images captured my mind. In "Bosch Redux," I hone in on details that occupy the background of his work. I use my friends as models, and hire prop makers, prosthetic designers, makeup and wardrobe to aid me in the recreation of small tableaus that I pick out from Bosch’s works, mostly from his masterpiece, "The Garden of Earthly Delights." Bosch further intrigues me because there still is so little known about him – what he believed in, what he thought, who he was. I traveled to Holland last year to attend the Bosch 500 festival, where all his works were on display in one place. I came away from that event with the realization that his work is all a morality play; his works address concepts of good and evil, and what happens to humans when they sin. I feel compelled to use my medium of photography to try to understand him, to inhabit his world and mind. By painstakingly recreating in photographs the details that sprang from the mind of a painter five hundred years ago, I seek to understand: What draws people together? What creates affinity?