Surreal photography has been around for quite some time, with the first surreal photography exhibition dating all the way back to 1925 which featured the photography of Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, and others. In modern times surrealism has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity thanks to advancements in camera technology and post processing techniques such as digital photography and powerful editing programs like Photoshop.
And, though the way we create surreal photography has changed, the core aesthetic has remained the same: to create an almost dreamlike world where the mind is put to task understanding the unknown and, oftentimes, impossible.
Tap into your imagination and unleash your wild ideas by getting started in the world of surreal photography. Here are 20 photos from the Creative Commons that will help jump start your creativity and get you brainstorming your own surreal concepts. Some are done in camera, while others rely on composite editing techniques just to make sure there’s something included for everyone. Let’s Dig in: