surreal photography

Sandy Skoglund

Sandy Skoglund is an American photographer and installation artist. She creates surrealist images by building elaborate sets, furnishing them with carefully selected colored furniture and other objects, a process of which takes her months to complete. Finally, she photographs the set, complete with actors. The works are characterized by an overwhelming amount of one object and either bright, contrasting colors or a monochromatic color scheme.

THE COLD WAR 1999 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

SHIMMERING MADNESS 1998 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

WALKING ON EGGSHELLS 1997 Copyright Sandy Skoglund 

 

CATS IN PARIS 1993 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

BODY LIMITS 1992 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

GATHERING PARADISE 1991 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

SQUIRRELS AT THE DRIVE-IN 1991 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

THE GREEN HOUSE 1989 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

MAYBE BABY 1983 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

REVENGE OF THE GOLDFISH 1981 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

All images copyright of the artist: http://www.sandyskoglund.com/

“Nudes/Experimental” by Philippe Halsman

Philippe Halsman was an American portrait photographer who photographed some of the most celebrated figures of the mid-20th century—from artists to movies stars to intellectuals to politicians. His dynamic and surreal photography challenged the rules of the day by going against the soft focus and static style of the time and giving sharp focus to his subjects.

 

 

Visit http://philippehalsman.com/ to view more amazing portraits by Philippe Halsman.

© Copyright 2014 Halsman Archive. All rights reserved.

Nicolas Bruno And His Beautiful Nightmares

Nicolas Bruno suffers from sleep paralysis, a state in which he’s unable to move and is haunted by nightmarish visions. “I have experienced bone chilling hallucinations and extreme terror during these dreams,” he says. “Faceless silhouetted figures, embraces from shadow-like hands, warping of reality around me – all while completely paralyzed.” Nicolas started recreating these terrifying hallucinations in his photos, overcoming his fear and discovering the creative power of conceptual photography.

To see more of Nicolas’s incredible work, visit his website: http://www.nicolasbrunophotography.com/

Images courtesy © 2013 Nicolas Bruno