Monday, January 09, 2012
Photographer: Ronen Goldman
Posted by Maxine Harris
The above photos are taken from Ronen Goldman’s ‘Surrealist Pillow’ Project. It explores Goldman’s interest in what he calls “Photo-Dreams”, or conceptually constructed photographs. His “Photo-Dreams” easily convey the impossibility and absurdity of our sub-conscious - upside down stairs, flying fish, floating cameras – it would appear Ronen has quite the imagination.
Much of his photography from the ‘Surrealist Pillow’ Project appears almost filmic. The upside down stairs explore the same architectural impossibilities as Christopher Nolan’s Inception, while the reaching hands and flying playing cards could be something out of Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland.
Ronen’s exploration of his inner mind is highly personal, allowing the public an insight into his most intimate imaginings. He blurs the link between the reality we encounter everyday and the fantasy we can only envisage in our minds. The final image, for example, takes the mundane reality of a man with his feet up, patting his dog’s head on the balcony; and ingratiates it with fantasy – old-fashioned cameras as heads. It is the perfect representation of the dreams we all experience, as we take what we know and what is familiar to us in our real lives; and turn it into something strange, mystical, surreal.
His photography is a mixture of digitalised Photoshop and the traditional darkroom. In an interview with Photoshop Daily, Ronen revealed that ‘The photo are all shot on location using the same lighting and positioning, and then put together using layers and masks’. He talks of Photoshop as ‘the digital age darkroom’ – it certainly appears to be the photographer, artist, illustrator’s new favourite tool – and why not when it can create images such as this?