Darker, surreal themes can often lead to some really interesting photo manipulations, as stylistically artist’s can stray into genres such as gothic, horror, the macabre and violence. Not the most pleasant themes for sure, but they can result in some very emotive, engaging pieces of art.
Photo manipulation is the ideal technique to work with dark, surreal subject matters, as everyday images can be warped and changed into something grotesque or unusual. For this type of composition regular scenes are also often manipulated to look darker or more menacing.
Common themes and images in dark and surreal photo manipulations include gothic feminine beauties, mist/fog, death/loss, nighttime, psychological stress/angst, falling, scenes that defy the laws of physics and personal contemplation/reflection.
As you can see from these themes and motifs dark and surreal photo manipulations are often about more than just looking attractive. They cover a wide range of serious matters, emotions and themes; and it’s up to the artist to capture them elegantly.
Today we present 40 stunning examples of dark and surreal photo manipulation art. We hope that they inspire you to try your own designs and venture into this genre.
Dark and Surreal Photo Manipulations
Fire Within Me by freaky665
Chronoscape – thundersnow by alexiuss
Noumeno by Blekotakra
Vampire Queen by Pygar
Acrimony by alexiuss
Hidden Intentions by freaky665
Symphony of Destruction by lady-symphonia
Mysteria by red-riding
Last Exit by OmeN2501
The Gathering by immanuel
I get what I deserve by freaky665
60568 by kubicki
The Laws of the Future by lady-symphonia
When a Part of Me Dies by lady-symphonia
Nocturna by lady-symphonia
The Awakening by freaky665
Dracula’s Bride Modern Edition by mary-petroff
Compagnia by Blekotakra
The Three Sisters by lady-symphonia
What shall we die for? by Azdup
If death is the end… by freaky665
Cradle of Filth art002 by NatalieShau
Night Butterfly by Wishmistress
Isolation by Wishmistress
A r a c h n i A by J-u-d-a-s
Tears of stone III: In memoriam by aphostol
Confessions by lady-symphonia
Egg Island by djajakarta
E x i l e by aphostol
Neil Gaiman’s Death III by hoschie
Porcelain Splinter by conzpiracy
Hecate by mari-na
Meme La Nuit Est Seule by valse-des-ombres
Harmony… by J-u-d-a-s
Nightshift by J-u-d-a-s
Corrupt by Taborda08
Intersection by robcherry
Artefact by Guivre1580
My Metallic Sonata by Wishmistress
What Do You Think?
I hope that you enjoyed this article. Did you have any favorite photo manipulations from this collection? Perhaps a favorite theme that jumped out at you within this genre? Let us know in the comments below and we can get a discussion going!