Instagram vs reality: surrealist photographer reveals his editing secret!

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The argument between what is and isn’t a photo continues after the Sydney-based photographer Demas Rusli reveals his before and after shots of surrealist photos. In a video that went viral on TikTok, Rusli let his followers in on a secret; he achieves his surreal images through editing. No real surprises there though one of his photos is of a road that runs vertically...

Surrealist photography challenges reality by exploring otherworldly concepts, changing perspectives and encapsulating the unusual. Born out of the First World War, surrealism presented a brand new challenge for photographers who had to find ways to create dream-like scenarios from real-world scenes. This new approach to photography demanded not only a very creative mind but the knowledge of different techniques such as double exposures, photomontage, and solarisation


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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.