Photographer Thomas Barbéy uses his keen, artistic eye to see the world a little differently than the rest of us. Barbéy captures a variety of scenic images, still life, and portraiture, mixing and matching them all into some wildly creative composites. His resulting manipulated photo-montages reveal a new world that manages to surprise the viewer each and every time.
The photographer’s body of work has a sense of humor to it as it whimsically juxtaposes two unrelated subjects. While one wouldn’t automatically notice the resemblance between an elephant and a tree, Thomas Barbéy makes it hard to ever look at a tree again without seeing the likeness in their wrinkly, coarse skin/bark. They also both have trunks. Barbéy also likes to play with perspective in a lot of his work. He even incorporates a multi-angle technique that artist M.C. Escher, one of his artistic idols, would be proud of. Drawing much of his inspiration from surrealist painters like Escher as well as Rene Magritte and Roger Dean, the photographer also ironically attributes the concept for his atypical creations to everyday life. He says, “Visionary inspiration and imagination is not a technical skill learned in school.”
With that said, here is a collection of his images, for your inspiration:
You can find more of Thomas’ amazing surreal montages on his website: