We absolutely love every single surreal photographer/artist that we write about, but much of their work tends to be rather melancholy or down-right dark. Not so with German art director Robert Jahns (a.k.a. Nois7 on Instagram), whose beautiful and adventurous images will inspire you and brighten your day. His images are surreal, but many of them are only subtly dream-like or unreal – it all looks like a normal photograph until you spot that one mystical detail that takes his image into the realm of fantasy.
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Kirsty Mitchell, a talented photographer based in the UK, creates mystical and dream-like surreal photographs that clearly communicate her intense, deep and personal connection to her artwork. When her mother died of brain cancer in 2008, surreal photography became Mitchell’s only shelter from the pain of her loss.
Talented Hungarian photographer Sarolta Ban is back with more of her distinctive surreal images, but this time there’s a noble purpose behind her work – each image is meant to portray a shelter animal in a new light and help them find a loving home. Everything seems to have begun with one image of a white dog that, according to Ban’s Facebook, she adopted. She went on to create a whole series of images featuring furry friends that are looking for homes.
The fashion industry has provided women with an unhealthy and unrealistic idea of what it means to be beautiful, and videos that expose how Photoshop and other digital manipulation tools are used to achieve this have become very popular. And that’s exactly what this video is about – that is, until things start to get weird…
These outlandish works by Polish photographer Dariusz Klimczak follow closely in surrealist master Salvador Dali’s footsteps. Klimczak’s work, which definitely blurs the line between photography and digital art, populates desolate landscapes with bizarre and surreal characters and objects. He says that the aim of his images is to use stories and universal symbols to move his viewers and force them to think or to simply crack a smile.
NYC-based artist Jon Burgerman shocks his blog readers by uploading horrid pictures of him shot and covered in blood in the background of advertising panels. The artist takes these pictures in subways, adds blood digitally and then shares them online. Named Head Shots, these drastic publicly-staged interventions are an ongoing series that intends to show us how film ads blatantly promote violence.
London-based Japanese photographer Chino Otsuka has taken a unique approach to exploring her own past. In her “Imagine Finding Me” series, she travels through the past by inserting her current self into her childhood self, envisioning what it might be like to meet herself as a child. The insertions are executed very well, making the series even warmer and easier to believe.
Quebecois photographer Ulric Collette is at it again, creating striking composite photographs comparing the genetic similarities of different members of the same family tree. The latest portrait forms a composite picture of two models very close to Collette – his mother, 61, and his daughter, 12. The photograph reveals an extraordinary similarity between the two women even though they are separated by a generation.
Young or old, it’s never too late to change directions in life and begin chasing your dreams instead of just your obligations. Photographer Kylli Sparre is a perfect example of this – she discovered that she wanted to be a photographer only after completing professional ballet school.
German artist Cristoph Meyer has created carefully-crafted manipulated portraits that combine people’s bodies with animals’ heads.What’s fun about this series, beyond the fact that it has people with animals’ heads, is that such a silly subject is executed so well. Meyer’s manipulations seem fairly realistic, and the animals are well-matched with their human counterparts – they look like they belong.
Caras Ionut is a Romanian photographer and digital artist who makes a great case for digital art and photography. He has created an extensive body of images that are beautiful, enchanting – and impossible. He does a pretty good job of creating a dream-like mood in his works – the combination of soft and hazy colors with often impossible subjects makes for beautiful compositions.
When a cultural phenomenon as big as Star Wars roots itself in people’s imaginations, it becomes bigger than itself – it can inspire all sorts of cool new creative projects beyond the original. One such awesome re-imagination is the “Star Wars on Kinkade” series of painting mash-ups by artist Jeff Bennett. Bennett’s premise is simple – how would it look if iconic American painter Thomas Kinkade painted his idyllic country scenes and landscapes with Star Wars characters in them?