Surrealism Photography

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Photomontage is the process and the result of making a composite photograph by cutting and joining two or more photographs into a new image. Sometimes the resulting composite image is photographed so that a final image may appear as a seamless photographic print.

Project Requirements:

  1. Research and develop a concept for a surrealism photography photo series.
    • What is your idea/theme?
    • Who are your reference artists? What inspired you?
    • Surrealism effect in camera or post-manipulation (photoshop)?
    • Color or Black and White.
  2. Make 2 contact sheets with images that fit your concept. Label in Bridge how you will use the images. You can also use old images from past projects for this project too.
  3. Editing in photoshop. Each image should start as a new canvas in photoshop 8x10inches, 300 ppi, and Adobe RGB.
  4. Final edit should be placed on template with artist name and title. Final project will include 5 images on template.
Jerry Uelsmann

Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. The aim was to “resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality.” Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself and/or an idea/concept.

Surrealist Photographers

Uselsmann in the darkroom.
Uelsmann discussing his artwork

Angus McBean

In this Assignment: Students will use their images from the scavenger hunt or can shoot new images to create a photomontage with a surrealist concept.

Students will use 60% their photographs and only 40% from other sources.  We will use the basics of Photoshop to composite the images together seamlessly.


Reflection Questions:

DO THIS AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR PROJECT.  COPY AND PASTE QUESTIONS INTO A WORD/PAGES, AND TYPE YOUR RESPONSES.  MAKE SURE TO ADD YOUR NAME, DATE, AND CLASS TO THE TOP OF THE PAPER. At least 4 sentences for each question.

1. Describe: What do you see in the image?

2. Analyze: Use art and photography vocabulary to analyze how the composition is laid out.

3. Interpretation: What is the meaning? What story/idea is the photographer expressing?

4. Judgment: Is it a successful image? Do you like it? Why or why not? EXPLAIN.


Surrealism Rubric for VAP

Practice Tutorial:

1) Open a new canvas

2) Open all the images you want to place in the empty canvas.  Go to file open- ok.  Every file should be on the top tab bar.

3)  Select the whole sky using select all, copy and then paste it into the blank canvas.   Resize the objects to fit into the space. Use Free transform tool located in Edit or shortcut command+ T.

  • Select all= com+A
  • Copy= com+C
  • Paste= com+V
  • Deselect= com+D
  • Undo= com+ Z

4) Now that we have the sky (background) on the canvas, lets add objects and a middle ground.  Use the Lasso Tools and  Quick Selection Tool  to selective cut out an object.

If you don’t remember what we did in class check out these tutorial video.

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/understanding-adobe-photoshop-cs6/quick-selection-tool/

5) Making a base or a middle ground for your object to sit on.

Let’s use the alley below as an example. Save the image to your desktop.

Alley opening

Use the lasso tool to remove the sky and copy the alley and place it in our practice canvas.

Try Polygonal Lasso Tool to select around the alley way.  Make sure you make a closed selection and when finished it should have marching ant selection (moving dotted lines). Copy and paste to your practice canvas.

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Once you have it pasted into the montage canvas, use transform tool to resize the object.Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 2.01.59 PM

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Once it is the correct size, move the alley way layer below the frog and tower layers.

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To do this click on the layer you want move and drag it down or up the layers panel.

Finally,  let’s duplicate layers to make several of the frogs.  To duplicate a layer, right click or hold control and click your mouse.  Choose duplicate layer and click on move tool and move the object around.  Try using the Transform tool to make the repeat object different sizes.  This will make perspective in the photomontage space.

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When you are happy with your practice photomontage, go to file Save as,

save as your name_practice surrealism.jpg.

Make sure to save it to your class folder on the server.  If you forget how to login onto it, look at the white board.

Cassandra Kapsos Surrealism

Now it’s your turn to create a cool surrealist photograph using your own images.  Use the powerpoint and the step by step tutorial above to assist in your artwork.

Good Luck!