Today’s photo challenge theme is surrealism, which is hosted by Tracy from Reflections of an Untidy Mind
For this challenge, I found two photos that had a surreal vibe and then I made two collages with my version of surrealism.
Did you know this month is my birthday? I know some of you thought it was in January – but it is my half birthday month.
So with a fun birthday in mind, the two collages I made are “surreal” and custom for me. 🙂
Collage #1: East Coast Seasons
Collage #2: SWEETNESS IN JULY 2022
Thanks for checking out my images.
SURREAL ART TALK
On my bookshelf, I found the Ross book Salvador Dali and the Surrealists (2003), which is packed with a lot of art history, photos, and 21 Activities to explore surrealism.
- One of the activities in this book is to make solar art, or rayographs, by placing items on “nature print paper” and then exposing it to light. The book has a section about how artist Man Ray (and other artists) sometimes made photographs without using a camera. They used nature print paper, or likely Kodak brand photo paper, and when the items were removed, it left various shapes (positive/negative space image). Depending on how long it is left in the light (exposed) determines how the entire paper looks.
- Another option is to use dark-colored construction paper and place the objects on it and then let is sit in direct sunlight.
SURREAL ART COLLECTOR
In 2016, I interviewed Barbara and her husband. We met because of her yellow door (I was on a doorscursion that day). I have video footage from our two-hour interview and she even gave me a tour of their row-house (in the Fan Area of Richmond, VA). I still need to put something together with the video footage, but the reason I mention the interview now is because Barbara was an art collector. In her collection she had some DALI prints. Barbara had a lot of cool art but I specifically remember her telling me about the shenanigans with Dali prints and many of his sketchy business ways. Dali was money-hungry and his nickname was “Avida Dollars.”
This article here explained a little more about Dali:
“Outside advertising, Dalí’s preferred money-making strategies revolved around printmaking. Rather than laboring for days or weeks to produce a single canvas, the artist realized that he stood to earn far more by scratching an idea into a metal plate and then authorizing the reproduction of hundreds of “original prints.”
As Dalí jovially mused on the profitability of prints, “Each morning after breakfast I like to start the day by earning twenty thousand dollars.”
Another activity in the Dali Surrealism book is to write a surreal poem.
The author, Ross, suggested that one type of surrealism poem is to write with a “stream of conscious” word play – just list what comes to your mind and do not pay attention to rhyming, length, or sense.
Here is a three-line example of a surreal poem from the book:
The wide door of her face
The sight of precious stones
The game of weaker as stronger
(extract from Round by Paul Eluard)
I decided to try making my own surreal poem.
Birthdays in January and July
Having a Fish Fry, why, Y?
Let the music play, water.
What about you? Do you feel like making a three-line surreal poem? If so, maybe add it to the comments – and just list what comes to your mind and do not pay attention to rhyming, length, or sense.
If not – no worries.
- If you want to join the Lens’s Artists this week, go here
- Next week, this challenge is hosted by Sarah of “Travel With Me” with the theme of sharing three favorite images.
- August will start with Anne hosting “What’s Your Photography Vibe” challenge.