A Beautiful and Suspenseful Mystery by Leila Ortega.

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Elegance, seduction and mystery define the photographic landscape of Leila Amat Ortega.
Her images are a result of introspection—viewing life and dreams in her own unique way.
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One alluring visual is a man partially submerged in water, his body forming the symbol of infinity.
Other shots capture young women kidnapped and buried in fields with birds preying over them—similar to a Hitchchock thriller.
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Source: The Beautiful and Suspenseful Photography of Leila Amat Ortega | Illusion Magazine

“Wonderland” by Kirsty Mitchell.

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Photographer Kirsty Mitchell has spent five years dreaming up fantastical scenes that look straight out of fairytales for her project Wonderland. Here are the most magical, from an origami armada to a cloak of autumn leaves.
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See more terrific photos via Queen of the fairies: Kirsty Mitchell’s rainbow wonderlands – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.

“Powerful and Mysterious” by Joseph McGlennon.

1390An exotic and surreal image of two parrots perched on tropical foliage has been named winner of this year’s William and Winifred Bowness Photography prize in Australia.
Created by Joseph McGlennon, the photograph is both “powerful” and “mysterious” according to judges, who chose it ahead of 46 other finalists.“Joseph brings the macrocosmic and microcosmic together masterfully in this landscape,” said judge Stephen Zagala.
“I’m a big fan of the work of [the botanist] Joseph Banks and his travels with James Cook,” McGlennon told Guardian Australia.
“He tried to put a book together called Florilegium, which in Latin means ‘collecting botanicals’, and I liked that thought.
For me the image is about what [our planet is] losing, as much as it is about what exists.
”McGlennon’s image is composed of “probably over 100 layers”. He travelled the world to collect and shoot the visual components before spending several weeks arranging them to seductive effect in post-production.
And while much of his photographic practice involves taxidermied animals, he says the parrots were “very much alive!”.“It’s a very utopian scene,” he says. “I wanted it to be super-real; I wanted people to be entranced.
Source: Joseph McGlennon wins Bowness prize for ‘powerful’ and ‘mysterious’ photo | Art and design | The Guardian

Parallel Worlds by Michal Karcz.

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Please join me in my never ending voyage through my world.
This land is constantly expanding. My world is what’s inside me, what really defines who I am. Here’s the key…
I was born in 1977 in Warsaw, Poland and I graduated from High School of Art in Warsaw.
My passion for photography began in early childhood. My father had a camera and when I was just a child I liked to look at the world through the lens, crop it, select the best shots.
I always had ideas of mixing photography with paintings.
My serious journey into my own world of photography and photo manipulation began in 2004 when I opened “the door” with a different key.
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I combined painting and photography into one piece using digital tools.
That digital photography and software gave me the opportunity to generate unique realities that were impossible to be created with an ordinary dark room techniques.
Most of my work is like a journey to the places which don’t exist.
Places from my dreams, desire, imagination and fears. This is my escape from reality which is not enough for me.XOPANCUICATL__880
My inspiration comes from many artists and it doesn’t matter if they get through to me by the sense of vision or hearing.
I can tell that music has the biggest impact on my work.
Music creates sound illustrations to the pictures I carry in my mind.
These two things hit me with the strongest intensity.
Read on via Parallel Worlds By Michal Karcz | Bored Panda.

Mechanical Creatures – Robert Bowen.

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Strange works juxtaposing animals and insects with machinery that leaves the viewer both curious and confused, which is what he intended.
Throughout his body of work, Bowen takes familiar iconography and handily corkscrews it with his own unique brand of humor and distinct painting style.
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See more Images via Faith is Torment | Art and Design Blog: Paintings by Robert Bowen.

Reverie, the Work of Tom Chambers.

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In a new exhibit, ‘Reverie,’ on view at the photo-eye Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M., artist Tom Chambers fuses photography with graphic arts in a series of dreamlike photomontages.
“I like to say that instead of taking a photo, I am making a photo,” Mr. Chambers told Anne Kelly, the gallery’s Associate Director. His work, styled in the tradition of magic realism, brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘making photos.’
His process begins with creating a concept sketch. Over time, he photographs each element of the scene.
Once he has created the components, he combines them digitally to make photomontages, which are comprised of two or more photographs to create one final image.
The images are enhanced using Photoshop to emulate a dreamlike tone, in the tradition of magic realism. According to the gallery, Mr. Chambers “modernizes Renaissance painting techniques with his camera…while drawing from pivotal works in the lineage of art history.”
The images, inspired by ‘dreams and reverie,’ aim to present narratives that engage the viewer and provoke curiosity. “My rule of thumb is to create images that are possible, but improbable,” Mr. Chambers said.
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‘Pennants Over Pienza,’ 2012.Tom Chambers
“Because I am adjusting one or two elements, the resultant photomontage is intended to appear almost real,”
Mr. Chambers told Ms. Kelly. “In addition, creating a photomontage involves a tremendous amount of post-production. I have to be very thoughtful about honoring my idea for the final image.
I want to avoid over-manipulation of the pieces that are included in the final image and ensure that the final gestalt feels authentic, yet a bit disturbing, and not too forced.”
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‘Pretty As Me,’ 2013.Tom Chambers
See more Images via Tom Chambers’ ‘Reverie’: Photos That Blend Reality With Dreams – Photo Journal – WSJ.