Thursday, March 10, 2011

Surreal Photography

Things I have learnt so far:

  • Combining common inanimate objects to create a surreal image is very compelling as people see these objects all of the time, so when they are put out of context they can seem very strange and interesting Surrealism as a visual movement had found a method: to expose psychological truth by stripping ordinary objects of their normal significance, in order to create a compelling image that was beyond ordinary formal organization, in order to evoke empathy from the viewer. - taken from wikipedia
  • Square crop Vignette really is the way to go
  • In order to be a good Surreal photographer you have to be European
  • Overlaying textures is a good way to enhance a surreal image
  • A very desaturated, one tone look helps blend the image together
  • You can't plan surreal photography - in order to create an effective a surreal image it has to come from the subconscious, so is therefore rarely planned out. 
  • The aim of Surrealism is to evoke emotion in the viewer

1 comment:

  1. I love the European comment - it reminds me of the "Diary of a Genius" by Salvador Dali when he says that to be a great surrealist painter you should be named Salvador Dali!