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Surreal photography truly pushes the limits of the medium. The surreal nature of the work can lead to some stunning compositions. In conducting research for this article I found some recurrent themes in examples of surreal photography:
Often regular looking compositions are altered, either by obscuring something (e.g.: by covering a face with cloth), or by altering conventional angles/perspectives (e.g.: by photographing something from a crazy angle, or by turning the camera upside down).
In surreal photography lighting and exposures are often played with more than in conventional photography, and this can lead to ghostly forms, abstract shapes and interesting use of light/shadows.
The conventions of physics are also overturned, as some photographers carefully construct the details of the photo, in order to present the impossible.
I hope that you appreciate these 30 works, and find them as inspiring as I have!
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