This photographer named Hugo Suissas from Lisbon, Portugal creates surreal, mind-bending, and magical photographs by using forced perspective and angles. He turns simple bridges and landscapes into surreal and fantastical places, and items like keys, fruits, and kids' toys into magical props. Every single photograph has a different story and a different idea. They help us see the dull and boring world that we're used to in a new and more fun way.
He told Bored Panda: "What inspires me in life as an artist is to know that art and ideas are able to produce miracles. I believe that creativity can be magic and it can help great challenges in the world. My head doesn’t know what the word 'stop' means, and since the world never stops, I would say that it’s a great combination. I am a simple guy, I like simplicity and simple life."
Hugo Suissas tells us more about what inspired him to get into photography and his favorite things about it: "What inspires me in photography is knowing that one image has the power to impact and help solve serious problems in the world. I entered the photography world around 9 years ago.
What I like the most in photography is when I have a novel idea that I haven't seen anywhere else. What I like the least is when copycats try to copy my work, showing a great deal of lack of respect for others and for the artist community."
Hugo says he's never studied photography anywhere and he got into it through a friend and the Instagram community. He is very happy to be a part of this and isn't planning to stop. Hugo explained that he really likes ideas, especially original ones. He says that he doesn't really have a style, but works more with intentions.
"I am what you may call an obsessive artist, in the sense that I won't stop until I materialize in a photo what is in my head. It's a great deal of hard work. Every day I sit at my desk with white paper and pen and I exercise my brain, trying to have meaningful ideas and interesting projects. What made me get here is my almost uncontrollable desire to create things that haven't been done before on this planet, or any other in the galaxy. This is what gets me going," said Hugo when asked to tell us more about himself.
Hugo tells us about how he got into perspective photography: "When I was a kid, I did magic as a hobby and did some magic shows. For me, magic and perspective are similar in the sense that all is an illusion. I started to use perspective in my photos, when I realized that it was a great technique to convey an idea and get a reaction from the public. I believe that it was my 'magic' childhood that inspired me to do what I do today. However, perspective is just a tool that is not always present in my work."
He also told us more about the process and if he comes up with ideas beforehand: "Initially, I would just improvise without thinking too much about the final result. Nowadays, as this is practically my profession, I spend more time in the thinking process of making a photo. I plan every pixel, nothing is there by chance."
"Everything that I create, perspective or not, is photographed with my mobile phone. When the picture is not exactly as I want it, I use Photoshop to perfect the final idea. The most important thing for me is the impact and freshness, not how the photo was made," said Hugo when asked about how he creates these photos and if he Photoshops them.
If you're thinking of getting into photography, Hugo has some advice for you: "Don't rush. Follow your gut and practice, practice, practice. Be persistent and if you work hard, I guarantee that you will always be rewarded."
"I have just created the 'Vaccine Towers' project that is going viral at the moment. This project is a worldwide awareness campaign on Covid vaccination with the hope that we can get rid of this virus as soon as possible. We're reaching the peak of the vaccine drive against coronavirus. From New York to Berlin, this project reminds people we can only rise once again if they’re up for getting vaccinated."