Surreal photos are often interpreted as displaying a person’s rich imagination of subjects, and as such, we don’t always understand what’s being “said” in visual form. The first reaction many people offer when seeing surreal photography is “What the…?” And then, if you’re lucky, you can observe the brilliant idea that’s behind the image’s hallucinatory quality.
Self-taught Chicago-born photographer Kyle Thompson’s work is mostly composed of such images, as well as bizarre self portraits taken in empty forests and abandoned homes. Here’s how the work is described on his website:
His work encapsulates the ephemeral narrative, a nonexistent story line that only lives for a split moment. These images show the collapse of narrative, as there is no defined story line with a beginning and end; instead, these images create a loop. This fleeting moment lives on in a constant unchanging state. By diverting the view of the face, the images become more ambiguous, the viewer is no longer able to tie a defined story line to the image.
For those who love the concept of bending reality and creating something only our imagination could conceive, the Kyle Thompson photography we’ve posted above may cause you to daydream. You can check out more of his work and find out what’s happening on his Facebook page.