Erik Almas is a Norwegian born photographer now resident in San Francisco and specialising in advertising photogrphy for major brands and organisations on a world wide basis.
This is an example of a surreal image that has has been composed digitally as it would obviously not be possible for the model to be so close to the lava / hot water in reality.
I think this is an extremely successful image in that it looks entirely real but clearly cannot be. I suspect it is 2 carefully planned and execute images that have been subsequently merged. One of the volcanic rocks and landscape and one of the model reclining in water.
Compositionally the images follows a traditional rule of thirds with the head of the model – the natural place for your eye to look – approx 1/3 from the left. The blue sky and clouds is diagonally balanced by the water and lava features.with the body and legs of the model forming a diagonal fold line.
German Artist Loretta Lux specialises in producing surreal images of young children. Lux has developed a distinctive style which whilst based on a photographic images her intent is to produce a more painterly style of image, openly stating she has no interest in traditional photography.
The images are all composites, with photographs of the child models superimposed on backgrounds selected for each image. Then post processed to appear painterly in creation.
Lux describes children as “the most honest models” as they have no reservations i.e. what you see is what you get.
I find the images more disturbing than attractive, the stares of the model, the often surreal backgrounds – even when they first appear quite mundane giving quite a dream like appearance to the final image.
Nonetheless whist they are not to my persona taste they are certainly distinctive and have achieved wide spread recognition in the art world.