~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #209: Surreal ~


As a student of the visual arts, I always found something alluring about Surrealism; the juxtaposition of absurd images, the venture to “resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality into an absolute reality, a super-reality….” André Breton

Shadow Dancer

My opening image is of a driftwood branch photographed on a foggy morning. In addition to cropping and changing its orientation, I used the process filter (in iPhoto) and reduced the light to achieve this image.

Above, a piece of flotsam on the beach covered in goose-neck barnacles. I put my camera on the sand to take this shot. With the sky above it appears to be large, and the juxtaposition of hard metal and shell with a soft feather adds to its surreal quality.

Through the Glass

This image conjures a dreamy convoluted path toward an opening of light. It is a shot of a window reflecting on a glass paperweight. The egg-shaped paperweight is colored by Mount Saint Helen’s Volcanic Ash, signed MSH – 82.

In the gallery above none of the images are enhanced. There is something mysterious in the opaque transparency of Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) close-up, and below it the grotesque skeletal remains of a seal. On the right, what looks like a shadow image of two people is caused by a growth of black lichen on a wooden post.

Here Today Gone Tomorrow ~ Driftwood & Alloniscus Track

Clouds (not smoke) provide a natural filter across the setting sun in this photo. Other than cropping and flipping it upside down, there is no augmentation to the image. It has many qualities associated with surreal; dreamlike, unusual, freakish, unearthly – yet it is our Sun tangled in our Earth’s vapor.

Whether or not you enjoy the surreal, please honor our real earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

Thanks to Tracy at Reflections of An Untidy Mind for this provoking challenge. It is quite an honor to be asked to guest-host the Lens-Artists blog, and also a big responsibility to respond to the many of us who answer the challenge!

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13 Responses to ~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #209: Surreal ~

  1. Fantastic shots, Lindy 👏 Love the shadow dancer shot, & in the beach one, the barnacle appears to be reaching for the feather 😃

  2. Lindy, thank you. It is also a great privilege to visit everyone who has contributed their photos to this challenge. I really want to linger over them all. This is such a thoughtful post – from the barely there moon jellyfish to the skeletal remains of the seal hidden in its coat of sand, and the juxtaposition of the complexity and simplicity represented by the flotsam and feather. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  3. JohnRH says:

    Great selections Lindy. Yes, shadow dancer, and cloudy sun are among my faves. I like the banner shot too.

    • Lindy Le Coq says:

      Thanks, John. That banner shot is a jelly fish called By-the-wind-sailors. They live on the surface of the ocean and sometimes get washed up (stranded) on shore.

  4. I also like the juxtaposition of the absurd in art. I have a pair of glass earrings that have the Mt. St. Helen’s coloring. The “shadows” have a very Giacometti quality.

    • Lindy Le Coq says:

      I hadn’t made the connection to Giacometti, though now you mention it, I agree! Thanks for stopping in and commenting. It’s been close to 100 degrees here in the greater Vancouver/Portland area for about a week. Should begin to moderate tomorrow. Whew!

  5. Olga says:

    Love your creative focus on the surrealism present in natural forms in your environment. Many interesting/unique visual moments. “Here today and gone tomorrow” really attracted my eye. The image is so simple, yet conveys such profound meaning when attached to the fleeting/ever-changing nature of time.

  6. Tina Schell says:

    Love these Lindy – my favorite of the set is the group with the seal carcass. Yikes!

  7. Amy says:

    Love this surreal gallery, Lindy! The process effects are amazing. Thank you for explaining how you capture the second image, Wow!

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