No Ideas Too Wild or Dreams Too Big: A Senior Surreal Photo by Estelle De Zan (2017)
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Inspired by the fearless innocence in my favorite childhood story, “Where the Wild Things Are” I meditated on my choice to retain my sense of wonder while facing quickly approaching adulthood. This surrealist work combines my newly minted practical abilities with my innate imagination. With the little boy observing the world through the warped glass of a bottle, the dominant emotion in this piece is wonder and appreciation for simplicity and beauty rather than fear and anxiety towards the future.
Put together in Adobe Photoshop, I took this opportunity to play with different sets of tools, including brushes and adjustment layers. With this surrealist unit giving me the chance to explore the depths of my creativity, I also used tutorials found on YouTube to serve as an editing guideline.