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Surreal Photographs with Real Animals

Thursday 04.03.2014 , Posted by
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In a world filled with Photoshop, these pictures are real. Moscow-based photographer Katerina Plotnikova (covered previously) has been creating a surreal world filled with wild animals and beautiful women. The result looks like a fairy tale come to life. [Read more...]

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Paintings of Splendid Cities Defying Gravity

Sunday 03.30.2014 , Posted by
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Lithuanian artist Vytautas Laisonas is creating cities that defy gravity. Whether they are floating orbs made of conglomerate european villages, or tall towers built by the same brave architects, each of Laisonas’ works are lifted high by their fanciful reflection of a particularly keen imagination. [Read more...]

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What is this, Inception? City Landscapes with Only the Building Facades

Monday 03.10.2014 , Posted by
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Imagine opening a small door on an imposing building, only to find bright rolling fields of grass on the other side. Like a movie set with its tricks revealed, French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy has been capturing images of the city and reducing the buildings down to just their facades. In doing so he creates fictitious worlds where their architectural substance is only skin deep. [Read more...]

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Who Are the People In Your Neighborhood? Jon Jacobsen Makes His Friends Look Even Cooler

Sunday 03.09.2014 , Posted by
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The way we see the people in our circles may be very different from the way the rest of the world sees them, especially when you’re self-taught fine art photographer Jon Jacobsen. Based in Santiago, Chile, Jacobsen decided to create a remarkable series called People I Know, which features, as you might predict, his fellow artist friends, but not in a way that you would ever expect. For each portrait, he chooses the perfect props, clothing, and photo-manipulation techniques to portray the surreal things he sees when he looks at each friend. [Read more...]

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Aliza Razell Creates Dreamy Self-Portraits Combined with Vibrant Watercolors

Monday 02.24.2014 , Posted by
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Aliza Razell has been combining the very different mediums of watercolor and photography in her beautifully surreal body of work – one which explores narratives from Greek mythology to the Finnish language. Each of her images is a self-portrait captured in nature and perfectly combined afterword with its watercolor elements in Photoshop. [Read more...]

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A Surrealist Wonderland Hidden in the Jungles of Mexico

Wednesday 01.01.2014 , Posted by
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Hidden in the rainforest of Mexico is a bizarre collection of cement buildings that would make any surrealist happy. Built over a 20 year period by the eccentric artist Edward James, the 20 acre site features over 36 towering structures – from concrete suspension bridges to bamboo like pavilions. If there’s one thing to go on your “visit in 2014 list,” this is it. [Read more...]

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No Photoshopped: Jee Young Lee Creates Surreal Dreamscapes in Her Small Studio

Sunday 12.08.2013 , Posted by

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Korean artist Jee Young Lee has been weaving herself into exceedingly clever dream worlds she creates in her studio… and despite their other worldly appearance she uses absolutely no photo manipulation for the end result. In each image you can find Lee’s young figure hidden among the vibrant details of her carefully constructed, set-like pieces – perhaps a hand poking up from the center of a watery vortex of swirling fans, or her body floating in a lotus as in the picture above (inspired by the Story of Shim Cheong, a Korea folktale as well as by Shakespeare’s Ophelia). [Read more...]

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Uncanny Animated GIFs Go In Circles

Tuesday 11.19.2013 , Posted by

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rrrrrrrroll puts photos in heavy rotation. A project based out of Japan, rrrrrrrroll creates animated GIFs featuring an anonymous individual in unassuming, everyday environments. Each still image, however, is animated by one element moving in a trippy endless cycle – ranging from a forkful of spaghetti suspended over a spinning plate, to a woman frantically swinging herself around a lamppost. [Read more...]

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Suburban Fantasy: People Wearing Their Costumes at Home

Monday 11.04.2013 , Posted by

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“Who hasn’t had the desire just to be someone else for a while?” That’s the question Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler is asking with his newest photo series, Just the Two of Us. The collection of photographs explores the way people use costumes to create alter egos or a second skin – which can then be used to modify their behavior. The best part? He’s been tracking down owners of elaborate costumes and photographing them in their own homes. Thus, both the subject and their home becomes the star of this work – at once capturing wildly creative costumes and also the often mundane location where their owners live. [Read more...]

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Street Art from Another Dimension (well, actually from Daan Botlek)

Sunday 11.03.2013 , Posted by

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Daan Botlek is a Rotterdam, Netherlands-based street artist and illustrator known for his minimalist characters and their etherial grasp on the tangible world. In places as distant as Leipzig, Germany and Bangkok, Thailand, Botlek has been inserting his often stark white characters into old building facades, giving their locations a surreal new ambiance as the characters bizarrely interact with the space. [Read more...]

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