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What is Surreal Photography?
Surreal Photography can often be blurred with Conceptual - therefore Shalora - the Conceptual Gallery Moderator has shared this:
"Surreal photography would be more about creating a world or image which goes beyond the physical world as we know it. It usually shows something which would be impossible in real life or tampers with the line defining what is real and what is imaginary. Surreal = beyond the real."
I think personally that this sums up Surreal Photography! Surreal Photography often involves regular compositions which have been altered by obscuring something or changing angles and perspectives and so on. The lighting and exposures are often played with to create ghostly forms and abstract shapes. Hence the link with Abstract Photography.
Surrealists on Deviantart
lauren-rabbit has a fine example of a surrealist gallery here at deviantart. Her work challenges the normal whilst providing surroundings and views that we are all familiar with. I often find myself accepting the normal surroundings of her work and then being startled into realising that all is not as it seems - for example below.
Man Ray was a famous surrealist of the 1900's and you can visit the www.manraytrust.com/ (Man Ray Image Gallery) to see more examples of his work. However here on Deviantart I've found some reconstructions of his more famous work:
Surreal Photography and YOU
Surrealism allows you to create things that are ordinarily only seen by your mind. It's an excuse to get those ideas into action under the umbrella of the world of Surreal. It's a great chance to let your eye see the things that you envision. There's no right or wrong when it comes down to it because Surrealism is what you make it. Experiment with lighting, shadows, levels, backgrounds and movement to capture Surreal Photograhy at its finest.
It's important to recognise that heavily manipulated deviations belong in Photo-Manipulation rather than Photography.
Look carefully at the piece of work and consider whether the amount of effort that went into taking the shot is more than the after efforts of editing the image. If this is the case then you know that this work belongs in Photography as Post Processing is allowed.
Keep in mind that alot of manipulation can occur whilst a shot is being set-up or taken. This is what surreal photography is all about.
Surreal Versus Abstract
Surreal Photography gives you more of an idea of what lies behind the image whilst still challenging your norms and understanding.
It rarely involves a small focused part of something, instead focusing on set-up rooms and places.
It can quite often be photography in action - capturing motion and movement to create a surreal effect.
Remember that there are blurred boundaries between Abstract and Surreal aswell as carefully defined ones. There's no hugely right or wrong answer when it comes down to categorising your work in relation to this gallery. As long as the idea is there that it is either Abstract or Surreal (there are elements of both in many deviations) you can move on from there. Feel free to note me if you're not sure!
Finally, check the below article link for information about Abstract Photography. If you have a gallery that features abstract or surreal work please contact me to arrange an interview!!
news.deviantart.com/article/12… (What is Abstract Photography?)
Nom Nom #90 It's Christmas!!!!!
Merry CHRISTMAS! In honour of the festive day, this month's Nom Nom theme is focusing on tasty seasonal noms of the very best kind! Whether you celebrate the season or not, these tasty treats are bound to have you licking your lips and breaking out the baking utensils! Previous Noms Strawberries | Cinnamon | Chicken | Apples | Chocolate | Brussel Sprouts | Cocktails | Ice Cream | Spaghetti | Raspberries | Pineapple | Bread | Rice | Blueberries | Cupcakes | Tea | Cherries | Toast | Cheesecake | Soup | Apple Pie | Casserole | Halloween | Sausage | Pie | Macaroons | Sushi | Christmas | Peppers | Chinese Food | Eggs | Ham | Garlic | Tomatoe |
Sometimes when you're not looking...
The best things pop up in your newsfeed. And oh my gosh I've been getting to know my newsfeed again today. Things actually appear in there. I'm ashamed to say that when I was a CV a lot of the time it became a click and delete activity, because there was so much. I lost touch with people, I lost touch with a lot of what I wanted to do and what I was interested in. So with this in mind, I found Farand (https://www.deviantart.com/farand)'s latest journal really poignant as he shared this quote... "The important point for us is to realise that we are basically good. Our only problem is that sometimes we don't actually acknowledge that goodness. We don't see it, so we blame
Nom Nom 89#
This time around, the Tasty Nom has been suggested by cookielover17 (https://www.deviantart.com/cookielover17) who suggested that I put together a feature of Childhood Nostalgia images. It's hard to do because we've all likely had so many different memories across the world, but here are just a few I found when I searched! What are your favourite childhood treats and recipes? Previous Noms Strawberries | Cinnamon | Chicken | Apples | Chocolate | Brussel Sprouts | Cocktails | Ice Cream | Spaghetti | Raspberries | Pineapple | Bread | Rice | Blueberries | Cupcakes | Tea | Cherries | Toast | Cheesecake | Soup | Apple Pie | Casserole | Halloween | Sausage | Pie | Macaroons | Sush
This is where I leave you
I just love dramatic titles. I'm not leaving you though, but yes today is the day that things change after such a long time. I started my Volunteer career on DeviantArt in July 2010. So that means I've been floating around your inboxes, DDing, writing articles and doing lots of photography related shenanigans for over half a decade. Of course, I started out long before that but offically and all that, it's been over five years. Half a decade. A Demi-Decade. Five years. I have to say that it has flown by. From the day that I first pestered Moonbeam13 (https://www.deviantart.com/moonbeam13) into letting me oversee a gallery that technically wasn't vacant (Abstract and Surreal
I didn't know that you had actually quoted me for this.... I just found out from someone who quoted what I wrote you and I was wondering how they found out what I had told you, word for work. lol