Surrealism

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  1. abraxas

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    Here's something I think is interesting and have been kicking around;

    Anyone ever try to illustrate a dream, a feeling or an abstract emotion through photography in an other than realistic way?
     
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    I can't get the link to work.

    Duane Michaels played around with dream sequences in some of his work, I believe.
     
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    Try running water over a glass pane and shooting through that. Old school I know, you can do most anything in photoshop.

    The thing that separates a master from most people is vision.
     
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    http://www.temple.edu/photo/photographers/michals/photosb.html

    I liked the sequence of shots. There was a problem with his link from 2-3 but the concept is cool.

    The -essay- attracts me too. Not just on his site but on others I've been seeing also.

    A Bette Davis movie?- :)

    Stopping way short of graphic arts and fantasy.

    I don't feel like I'm getting what I want out of 'conventional' photography. I like what I shoot, but prefer ... Hard to say, just trying to flesh it out.

    I need an adventure.
     
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    Abstract and unrealistic... have you seen some of the HDR work posted on this forum :)
     
  7. abraxas

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    Oh yeah, oh yeah... I've seen some real -- that was real and conventional too.

    I thinking of work that is intentionally produced to relate or invoke something other than pure aesthetics.
     
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    Having been a fan of Anime since I first saw Akira back in 90 I personally like some of the HDR work. I think it stands on it's own just like Anime does. It's all expressions of art imho.
     
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    Personally, I enjoy the blur between the real and the surreal that photography creates. I love photography as a medium because it is undeniably real. However, it can distort a reality into a surreality. That's surely what surrealist painters did also.

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    Bad example to illustrate a point. What fascinates me most about photography is when the real is so undeniably real it becomes surreal.



    You have to stare long and hard ;)



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    Each to their own!
     
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    It's a photograph. It is unquestionably real.

    I guess it's all relative to the reality we live in?



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    What do you mean by surreal?
     
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    I'm guessing the wall doesn't belong on the floor.

    I'm almost certain I have been to that park before.
     
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    Surreal, well, in the context I'm thinking, and the dinosaur photo brought this to mind; how since dinosaurs are so large, it must be tedious and awkward if not impossible to upload photos of them (plus, they do not currently exist, making it all the more important they are shown). If this must be done it becomes very frustrating. Can these emotional elements/condition be conveyed through photography?
     

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