Jun 06 2012

Tales From the Darkside: Dark and Surreal Photo Manipulations

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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

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Chronoscape – thundersnow by alexiuss

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Noumeno by Blekotakra

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Vampire Queen by Pygar

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Acrimony by alexiuss

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Hidden Intentions by freaky665

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Symphony of Destruction by lady-symphonia

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Mysteria by red-riding

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Last Exit by OmeN2501

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

The Gathering by immanuel

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

I get what I deserve by freaky665

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

60568 by kubicki

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

The Laws of the Future by lady-symphonia

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

When a Part of Me Dies by lady-symphonia

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Nocturna by lady-symphonia

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

The Awakening by freaky665

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Dracula’s Bride Modern Edition by mary-petroff

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Compagnia by Blekotakra

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

The Three Sisters by lady-symphonia

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

What shall we die for? by Azdup

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

If death is the end… by freaky665

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Cradle of Filth art002 by NatalieShau

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Night Butterfly by Wishmistress

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Isolation by Wishmistress

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

A r a c h n i A by J-u-d-a-s

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Tears of stone III: In memoriam by aphostol

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Confessions by lady-symphonia

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Egg Island by djajakarta

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

E x i l e by aphostol

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Neil Gaiman’s Death III by hoschie

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Porcelain Splinter by conzpiracy

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Hecate by mari-na

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Meme La Nuit Est Seule by valse-des-ombres

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Harmony… by J-u-d-a-s

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Nightshift by J-u-d-a-s

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Corrupt by Taborda08

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Intersection by robcherry

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

Artefact by Guivre1580

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

My Metallic Sonata by Wishmistress

Dark Surreal Photo Manipulation

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!

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Comments and Discussions
  • Lisa M. Rodgers, 06 June 2012

    Absolutely amazing!

  • gfs, 06 June 2012

    this site has gone downhill .. It’s just “look i made a list of what people have done” kinda blog .. One word to describe this site.. Boring!

    • Robert Bowen, 07 June 2012

      Sorry you feel that way, gfs, and though everyone is entitled to their own opinions, this is one that seems somewhat misinformed. We have always tended towards the highly visual and inspirational collections, however, the site still continues to put out resources and new, informative tutorials. Including an occasional interview and showcase of past influential designers.

      Now there was a recent rededicated effort, as we are part of two other sites, to ensure that content that would fit better either on Smashing or the Design Informer wing, to keep that content placed there. So perhaps that is what you are indicating or detecting? Either way, thanks for the support while we had it.

      Noupe Editorial Team

  • Really Very nice Collection inspired me in Color themes and some new concept ideas for new designssssss

  • Stolarija Elatio, 07 June 2012

    Wooow amazing :-)

  • John, 08 June 2012

    Very beautiful collection!

  • Fahad, 12 June 2012

    Thanks for sharing….good works…!!!

    • Tom Ross, 12 June 2012

      Thanks for the great comments guys! I’m glad that these works have inspired you in your own work.

      GFs: I do think that learning from the work of others can really boost your own personal development and style. I hope that you do enjoy future posts at Noupe.

  • marcos, 10 September 2012

    Impressionante. Realmente sensacional

  • nathan X, 22 November 2012

    very good

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