B is for...Bunuel
Bunuel is considered the father of Cinematic Surrealism. One of his closest friends while at University was none other than Salvador Dali. (More about him when we come to D!) Bunuel's trademark focuses are animals placed oddly in films, where they supposedly would not belong, shocking and direct images - such as a sliced eyeball and the attack of Bourgeois Lifestyles.
After saying that every one of his films from Belle De Jour onwards would be his last, he finally kept his promise with That Obscure Object of Desire - after which he said he'd be happy to burn all the prints of all his films - a classic Surrealist gesture if ever there was one!
C is for Conceptual
The idea of Conceptual Art can often be blurred with the boundaries of Surrealism. Surreal Concepts can go hand in hand to create wonderful pieces of work.
"Surreal photography would be more about creating a world or image which goes beyond the physical world as we know it. It usually shows something which would be impossible in real life or tampers with the line defining what is real and what is imaginary. Surreal = beyond the real."
--Shalora -> Former Conceptual Gallery Moderator who knows her stuff!
D is for Dali
Salvador Dali is one of the most famous Surrealists - ever! He frequently distorted landscapes, architecture and the human body. And he didn't need photoshop! However it's the modern era and
Photoshops tools can make it incredibly easy to achieve similar effects with your Photography. Whilst Dali is most famous for his Traditional Art, in-camera techniques such as distortion, blur and modifying of shutter speed can help to create similar effects.
Other Useful Links...
A Full Interview with *AnotherImpossibility
Exploring Colour Across the Galleries - Abstract
What is Abstract Photography?
Project Educate - Abstract and Surreal Photography
Project Educate: Photographing Glass
The A,B,C's of Abstract and Surreal
Project Educate: A#
Project Educate: #B #C and #D
Project Educate: Interview with *SveltePhoto