Surrealist conceptual characteristics and devices

The surrealist – their methods in photography

Much of the modern day surrealist photography that one finds tends to be heavily manipulated and photoshopped even though fantastical and though provoking. However, what I think is interesting is to find the surreal in every day life as a found narrative.

Below is a list of the common factors that tend to define the surrealist photographer:

  • fantastical
  • nebulous
  • other worldly
  • not empirical in the observable world
  • stretches the imagination
  • provokes a new way of seeing the world that is less literal
  • gives space for the imagination to work, looking beyond the seen and literal perception of habitual viewing
Conceptual characteristics:
  • ideas that pertain to abstract philosophy in a world that cannot be seen
  • creating ideas of other world situations that provoke emotions of wonder and awe
  • tend to describe ideas and feeling about a situation
  • ideas based as opposed to aesthetically produced or driven work
  • looks to stimulate reflection or thought about the world around

Published by Truevisionphotography

I'm a student photographer studying through the OCA a UK based arts university. I'm in the foundation year of my studies and enjoying it immensely. I'm also a yoga teacher and co-founder of Bodhiyoga a buddhism based yoga teacher training program that runs in the UK and Spain each year. As a photographer I'm interested in all forms of fine art. I find the arts really important in my life. I love nature and aim to be in the outdoors as much as I can. Generally I think that all the different strands of my life are flowing to towards self development in the greatest sense of the term. The arts, buddhist practice yoga and meditation are all tools to that end. I feel committed to communication the these values in the world both through the visual arts as well as teaching.

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