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Piotr Skoczylas’ Surreal Portraits Explained

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Piotr Skoczylas’ Surreal Portraits Explained

Piotr Skoczylas is a surrealist photographer who has an intriguing talent for creating odd and captivating portraits. Recently, Piotr released an article on PetaPixel describing how he creates his surreal multiple exposure portraits. He breaks down each step and explains not only the technical aspects of each, but the symbolic nature, and what each element meant within the final image. It’s an interesting read, and does a great job of providing insight on how to manipulate tools to create a surreal masterpiece!  

“In my photo “It does not exist,” I am trying to visualize how freedom of choice (birds) can lead to some troubles (red light leak).”

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“We’ve all done something we regret; we’ve all made mistakes. But what happens when we don’t realize it? (empty space between the buildings). What if all thoughts (street with cars) are the wrong kinds of thoughts, which lead us to nowhere?

That’s just my personal interpretation. It’s interesting how one picture can tell so many stories.”

The best thing about Piotr’s article is it breaks down every step in an easy, digestible manner that is understandable to even the novice photographer, and will give you some easy tools to improve your post-production skills. If you have any issues finding the tools and resources he talks about in his article, remember that there’s always the “Help” search-bar in Photoshop, and it will tell you exactly where to find things such as the “High-Pass” filter, and “Blending Modes.”

Here are some more examples of his work that utilize the same method that he outlines in his article:

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Piotr’s images tell tales through his manipulation in photoshop, but his talent isn’t limited to multiple exposures. His 500px page boasts an impressive gallery of surreal portraits that highlights his skill and understanding of photo-editing software.

Check it out, and let us know what you think!

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