Part 2 – Creating a surreal lens with which to view to world

by sjjohnson89

Representing an illusion through ‘surrealism’

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We ourselves  in our daily lives wear masks with which we hide behind. Just because someone smiles at you, does not mean that they are happy. Just because someone asks you how you are, does not mean that they care. Just because someone may not speak, doesn’t mean they have nothing to say.

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Conveying a perceived reality

Is an edited photograph less real than an unedited one? How you answer that question depends on ones point of view.

Photograph a sunset that leaves you in awe of nature, the world. Now … put that photograph up on the wall. Tell me, does it represent what you saw, what you felt? Does it convey it to a mind other than yours?

No?

Truth is, a wash of colour with a watercolour brush could represent that sunset better than the photograph. Why? Because it involves expression, it is a creation direct from your hand and thus involves ones emotions. For better or for worse.

Now, i use a lot of photography in my work (be it for reference or display). But the purest would say i am not a photographer, as i do not leave it as is when dealing with ‘art’ . Distorting what we generally perceive as real from the lens of a camera can in fact sometimes lead to a truer representation of life through the eyes of a conscious mind and heart.

That is the theory behind my work.

Create a surreal lens with which to view the world, distort what we perceive as reality in order to convey reality.

My reality.

How i do it is down to the subject matter. I do not choose the medium, the message does.

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