LAPC# 209…Surreal

Tracy of Reflections of An Untidy Mind, is leading us this week into the Surreal world. Because that is what our world seems to have turned into, even more so the last few years…

About a century ago, at another time of great societal upheaval, surrealism as an artistic and intellectual movement emerged. Tracy reminds us that modern surrealistic art strives to unite fantasy and reality, and emphasises the juxtaposition of the rational and the irrational. She mentions old techniques like motion blur, unusual camera angles and rotation; double-exposure; playing with light and colour. With Photoshop photo montages and collages have become easier to do. No photoshop? – just cut some pictures and put them together as you like! Please visit Tracy’s site for excellent inspiration!

Personally, I find reality to be surreal even without photoshop…

The shadow of a dragonfly in my window – in B&W even more surreal.

In my garden I have a couple of dead trees that I want to keep for their special beauty and for all the insects living there. Autumn mornings the dew reveals just how many spiders there are…this is enhanced by the monochrome process.

A bathroom in Stettin – playing with mirrors and reflections.

My camera has got a button for double exposure – maybe yours too? And I love playing around with it at times. When I have taken a photo I can take another one afterwards and dimly see the first photo while positioning the lens for a fun result.

Surreal? Simply an umbrella with inside pattern!

At Wanås this art installation does not need any extra tweaks…this is the way it looks. Simply surreal!

And why not go close-up? This is a begonia stem and a christmas tree candle.

Or just…late evening blur.

In the header is a blurred cow parsley in front of the trees. Aliens landing or leaving?

Special thanks to Andre of My Blog-Solaner and to all of those who responded to his Summer Vibes challenge last week. What a summery riot of colour, blue skies and seas we had! Next week, Sarah Wilkie, blogging at Travel with Me, will be our guest host. Sarah’s theme is Three Favorite Images.

”It is time now to create some marvellous surrealism mayhem with photos that we can all enjoy no matter what sort of day we might be having.” (Tracy says) We look forward to seeing your responses. Please remember to link them to Tracy’s original post, and to use the Lens-Artists tag to help us find you. Until then, please stay safe and be kind.

56 reaktioner på ”LAPC# 209…Surreal

  1. Wonderfully done Ann-Christine, the spider webs on the dead tree are especially magical! 💚

  2. Hi Ann-Christine. I find the spilling over of light and plant life in the library/bicycle image intriguing. Surrealistic candy to the eye.

  3. Wow, Ann-Christine 😲 What a brilliant set of surreal images 👏 I love the mutiple reflections shot & I’m intrigued by the double exposure function; I remember being able to do that with my pre-digital camera 😃

  4. I find it interesting that black-and-white can either add realism, or make an image surreal. It’s all in the composition of the photographer. I really love the reflections image.
    That late evening blur also is a favorite with those warm tones essentially creating a monochrome image. Nice work!

  5. Having an open eye is crucial. I love your mirror in the mirror in the mirror as well as the bicycle double-exposure and the decorated church (?) 👍

  6. Ann-Christine, this is a wonderful gallery. I hope you are chuffed with what you managed to achieve? I love them all, the black and white photos, the bike in the library, etc. 🙂 The Wanås art installation gives the impression of spider webs too. I would really like to know how you did that fabulous bathroom shot. The begonia stem reminds me of a particular radio drama/rock opera. Think Orson Wells.
    Thank you so much for inviting me to host this challenge. It was a real pick-me-up when I needed it.

  7. Amazing response to this challenge Ann-Christine! I loved that you took reality and made it surreal. But, then, as you said we can find surrealism around us without much effort. The bathroom mirror and the bike double exposures were my favorites.

  8. wow Ann-Christine, you are amazing. I should have know you would more than rise to the occasion! You have an amazing eye for an image – as shown especially in the bicycle shot, the mirrors and the spider webs. All extremely different from each other and all wonderful for the challenge. Superb as always.

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