Some photography purists resent photo manipulation, but others enjoy how it has opened up creative photography to new people and new ideas. Caras Ionut is a Romanian photographer and digital artist who makes a great case for digital manipulation and photography. He has created an extensive body of images that are beautiful, enchanting – and impossible.

Ionut says that his creative ideas and his work are captivated by dreams and by the autumn and winter seasons. Although positive dreams are a big theme in his beautiful photos, he says he also likes “to visit the darker side of what people may see of dreams, not necessarily what one would see as negative, but possibly a dream that one could not quite understand or may feel alone.”

He does a pretty good job of creating a surrealistic mood in his works. The combination of soft and hazy colors with often impossible subjects makes for interesting photos.

One interesting note is that besides just offering prints of his beautiful works on his website, Ionut also offers numerous photo editing tutorials and classes. If you like his work or if you’d like some help with trying to create images of your own dreams, we suggest checking him out! Or if you’re looking for other similarly surreal photo ideas, check out these photo manipulations by Erik Johansson.