Influenced by artists like René Magritte and Chema Madoz, Swiss-born photographer Monica Carvalho started to see the chances that images introduced. Not happy with taking a traditional picture, she has mixed her two passions of images and surrealism.
Carvalho, now based mostly in Berlin, Germany, says that her ardour has turn out to be photographs she takes with a brand new perspective and creating surreal photographs that make viewers wish to make a double-take. She solely makes use of her personal authentic images in her work, and says that her motto is to make the atypical, extraordinary.
“My ardour for images goes a great distance again,” Carvalho tells PetaPixel. “I all the time beloved documenting household travels: new cities, structure, meals, animals. My digital camera (a Nikon D5600 18-55mm since 2011) enabled me to dwell these recollections and joyful moments once more.”
After being visually challenged by surrealist artists in school, she realized that her personal love for images supplied the chance for her to mess around with imagery and invent new tales.
“I yearned for one thing extra than simply take pictures: no matter I used to be going to create needed to be difficult for the eyes. So, I sought a technique to mix my two current passions – images and surrealism. The answer got here to me as Adobe Photoshop, as a result of it allowed me to merge my pictures with my creativeness. My USP is that I solely use my very own pictures for my work – this makes my artwork each difficult and thrilling!”
Carvalho says that her course of includes combining two or extra pictures so as to give start to a brand new picture, a brand new world.
“Making one thing atypical extraordinary to me means to raise that factor to a brand new stage of which means by altering its function. On a regular basis objects are so acquainted that we don’t take into consideration them twice, we simply use them for his or her perform. My photomontages declare that an object doesn’t essentially solely have one perform.”
“I particularly love utilizing eyes in my work, as a result of to me they’re probably the most expressive a part of the human physique. Eye contact is a strong factor. You can also make somebody joyful, fearful, unhappy or indignant simply by the way you take a look at them.”
Carvalho says she is obsessive about imagery, phantasm, and the unattainable.
“I see my photomontages as the results of a crash between doable and unattainable, between actuality and creativeness. The mind is confused by the juxtaposition of two issues it’s acquainted with however, blended collectively, doesn’t make sense in our world.”
“The purpose of my work is to encourage folks, to supply them a brand new method of seeing on a regular basis objects. I wish to reveal that something has the facility to encourage!”
Picture credit: Photographs by Monica Carvalho and used with permission.