The battle between those who support photo manipulation and those who don’t is probably never-ending. I believe both are right, and I think photo-manipulation is an art for itself. But Slovak photographer Michal Zahornacky brings these two worlds together in a way. He creates dreamy, surrealistic photos – but free from digital manipulation.
Michal says he found the beauty of fine art photography after he stopped digitally manipulating his images. In his last projects, he focused more on creating scenes and taking photos instead of using manipulation. Still, some of the photos look so surreal that you can’t help but wonder if they are really created without heavy use of Photoshop.
As Michal explains, he creates real-time scenes for his photos and enjoys this process. It’s difficult and very challenging to think of the scenes and prepare them for shooting. It takes hours to prepare, and the process of preparation actually lasts longer that the shooting itself. But the result is a series of breathtaking, fairytale-like images. Take a look at more of his photos below:
About the Artist
Michal bought his first camera in 2011 and became active on a professional level in 2014. He is a self-taught photographer, focusing mainly on portraits with unique emotions and atmosphere. You can also find some wedding photos in his portfolio. If you would like to see more of his work, you can visit his website and like his Facebook page.