Surrealism is for those who have no boundaries; who can easily get out of their comfort zone; who can see the beauty, and art, in the unfamiliar. Salvador Dalí, to me, is the godfather of surrealism. Most folks are familiar with his melting clock in the desert--The Persistence of Memory.
Surrealism can be confusing, perplexing, and uncomfortable. It's the juxtaposition of the unexpected; the coming together of concepts or ideas we might not even fathom. The old TV show, The Twilight Zone, had a lot of surrealism, as did the old Alfred Hitchcock shows.
Think of something you don't think about. That's hard to do, right? If you don't think about it, how can you think about it? That sentence alone is an example surrealism.
Surrealism makes us say, "What the.....?" "What am I looking at?" "How in the world.....?"
With that introduction, I will now share some of my images that fall under the category of surrealism, as I explain what you're looking at and what attracted me to photograph it or to create it.
I'll start with something simple, like a vase in the desert. Well, it's not actually in the desert, but it looks like a desert. It's actually in the high plains of Colorado.
What makes this image surreal is that the viewer sees it out of context-- a large clay pot in the middle of nowhere. Clay pots belong inside homes, or in front of a house, or in the backyard, but not in the desert. It is out of context, unless you took the picture and know why it's there. The ornate pot is actually part of the early stages of an RV campground owner's plans to revamp the campground. He had graded part of the hillside and placed the pot there temporarily until he decided where it was going to be as part of his master plan. In the meantime he had just left it there until whenever.