A 20th-century movement in art and literature which sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images.
He creates his images through a process he calls “photomixage”. His work is inspired by artists such as M.C. Escher and René Magritte as well as many years of traveling the world. His process begins with a concept, then creation and selection of negatives. Photography is a tradition in Barbèy’s family and he sometimes uses old negatives from the family archive in his work. To achieve the desired outcome, negatives are double exposed in the camera, sandwiched together to be printed simultaneously, collaged and re-photographed, and/or any combination of those processes.
"Photographer Erik Johansson creates impossible but photorealistic images that capture an idea, not a moment." - TED www.ted.com/speakers/erik_johannson
"The only thing that limits us is our imagination."
In the rare occassion of it snowing in my area, I knew that the snow wouldn't survive very long before melting. So, I decided to explore my local park and seize the opportunity to capture the moment. However, there was a slight problem. It only started snowing late at night and by the time i discovered this location. It was nearly pitch black outside with minimal visibility. However, that problem wasn't too big to overcome. In the "GIF Process" above, you can see that I managed to restore and brighten the photo so i was then able to produce the edit.
By now, I have no doubt that you will have heard about "Global Warming". From my experience, a lot of people do not believe it and think it is just a theory or a conspiracy. But other people dedicate their lives to "save the planet" and campaign against certain things that they believe contribute towards it. Whether the viewers of this piece believe it or not, I have intentions to help them visualise what their world could turn into (in an extreme scenario of course). That's where the surrealism comes into. I tried to make this piece uncanny in the way that they can relate to the snow melting, but not the trees too. In this piece, I did something to make this photo more personal and relatable, to help the viewers put themselves in this photo and sympathise with the model standing in the photo. I framed the photo with a blurred out interior of a car; that is being englufed in the flood. Thus, issuing a measure of panic and urgency to help the person being surrounded with water. The viewer can put themselves in this situation or someones close to them which may help them to realise how devastating the effects of global warming are.
It has become way too easy for people to mislead others with the use of today's technology. A mutual friend on social media that you just met online could look like a completely different person in real life. "Photographs" in news articles could have been heavily manipulated with software such as Adobe Photoshop to flip around the story completely. Trust has been fatigued. And it's not exactly rocket science to be able to develop the skills to twist photos. Especially with the extensive availability of tutorials online (like on YouTube for example).
I designed this piece to help the viewers visualise how someone can feel when they look back on their own photos. I know people that have been victims of this, and I myself can also relate to them. There are several factors that make people feel this way such as self-consciousness, lack of confidence, depression, anxiety etc. the list is endless.
The first thing they see in a photo of themself is 1000 flaws. They won't let anyone else see the photo until they've 'fixed' all of the flaws. When in reality, other people wouldn't even be able to recognise these flaws. They spend so long doing this that the photo starts screaming at them, putting them down and filling their thoughts up with nothing but bad things; leaving no room for happiness. This can make them feel strangled and empty...