Amazing (non-digital) dreamscapes by JeeYoung Lee


It’s amazing to witness an artist who embraces one of their greatest limitations, turning it instead into one of their greatest advantages.

For Korean artist JeeYoung Lee the question was how to utilise her small studio space in Seoul measuring  just 3.6m x 4.1m x 2.4m (11.8′ x 13.5′ x 7.8′). Instead of finding a new location or reverting to digital trickery, Lee challenged herself to build some of the most elaborate sets imaginable for the sake of making a single photograph.

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Contemplative silhouettes

Artist Kasia Derwinska creates scenes with contemplative silhouettes of people trying to find their own paths in life. Each anonymous character is either standing at a distance or walking off into a vast and empty landscape.

There are recurring visuals throughout her portfolio that include umbrellas, clouds, and a theme of pensiveness as her characters are stuck at a standstill. Like an artistic metaphor for life through a surreal lens, each frame presents characters with endless options to create their own reality.

Choosing not to refer to herself as a professional photographer, Derwinska says:

I use photography as a tool, like a brush for painting or an instrument to play music. My creations are an attempt to connect the visible with the invisible – feelings, emotions, fears, hopes and doubts about the world we live in. It is my personal journey through this unreal reality.

Check out more imaginative images below…

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Surreal Lensbaby images by Vangelis Bagiatis

What I Imagined You'd Be Like by Vangelis Bagiatis

Photographer and IT analyst Vangelis Bagiatis was born in 1978 and lives and works in Athens, Greece. He dedicates most of his free time to photography.

His recent work creates moody, abstract, surreal scenes with a Lensbaby Composer, which seems like the ideal tool to realise his creative inspiration.

Here are more of Bagiatis’ atmospheric images for your viewing pleasure… be sure to click to view larger versions

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Instant and forever – surreal Polaroid art by Wendy Bevan

This is a selection of images from Inventory: 10 Polaroid Years, an exhibition featuring London photographer Wendy Bevan’s archive, currently on show at The Cob Gallery, London.

Wendy Bevan is known for her surreal aesthetic, and a tender, sympathetic portrayal of the feminine form, working exclusively in Polaroid film.

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Kirsty Mitchell’s extraordinary Wonderland series – three years in the making

Danaus: A close-up of a model before a sunlit backdrop, peering through a veil of paper butterflies

Danaus: A close-up of a model before a sunlit backdrop, peering through a veil of paper butterflies

Kirsty Mitchell’s late mother Maureen was an English teacher who spent her life inspiring generations of children with imaginative stories and plays. Following Maureen’s death from a brain tumour in 2008, Kirsty channelled her grief into her passion for photography.

She retreated behind the lens of her camera and created Wonderland, an ethereal fantasy world. The photographic series began as a small summer project but grew into an inspirational creative journey.

Kirsty explains:

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Conceptual images between dreaming and awakening

Conceptual photography & digital artwork by Martin Stranka

Born in the Czech Republic in 1984, Martin Stranka is a self-taught professional photographer who creates evocative conceptual images which he says ‘exist in that narrow window of a few seconds between dreaming and awakening’.

During the last two years, Martin has received over 30 international photography awards including: Professional Photographer of the Year, Emerging Talent Award in Nikon International Photo Contest, International Photo Awards, Sony World Photography Awards and Digital Photographer of the Year two years in a row.

Here are some more examples of Martin’s work:

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