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Nina Y.’s Twisted Fairy Tales Mix Fantasy with Surrealism

By Justin Heyes on October 5th 2014

Photo manipulations sit in a world between digital art and photography. Images created from this union can range from anything bizarre to the surreal and fantastic. Nina Y. is a self-taught digital artist who creates worlds of fantasy based off of children’s fairy tales.

Fairy-Tales-Nina-Y_Alice in Blunderland

Alice in Blunderland

Fairy-Tales-Nina-Y_The Screaming Sea

The Screaming Sea

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Nina’s photo manipulations feature dark humor, intriguing and otherworldly models with beautiful scenery and a dash of quirkiness and sarcasm. She draws inspiration from the magical stories of Disney. “My daughter absolutely loves Disney fairy tales! With her, I have fallen back in love with the beauty of these cartoons, and Disney’s presentations of original stories,” Nina says. She recreates the images in her own unique style, keeping them more adult oriented.

Fairy-Tales-Nina-Y_Story of Rapunzel

Story of Rapunzel

Fairy-Tales-Nina-Y_Tales of North

Tales of North

Nina works with either her own images or purchases stock materials. Once stock material is chosen, she makes multiple changes in order to get the desired finished result. Often the models are changed greatly into something more dreamlike and extraordinary. Drawing inspiration from classical art, poetry, and music she arms herself with Photoshop and a Wacom Bamboo Tablet to create her own vision of the main subject, something that could not be achieved by using traditional photographing methods.

Fairy-Tales-Nina-Y_Rosalie Thirsted for Blood

Rosalie Thirsted for Blood

Fairy-Tales-Nina-Y_Mary was terribly nice

Mary was Terribly Nice

I set myself high standards, which I strive to follow with all my heart,” says Nina. “I strongly believe that art in its many glorious forms, can be very therapeutic and I always say that everything in life can be an inspiration.” To check out more from Nina Y. visit her Facebook.

[Via The Phoblographer]

What do you think of the images? Are they a good of mix the surreal and fantastic? Tell us below!

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Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

Explore his photographic endeavors here.

Website: Justin Heyes
Instagram: @jheyesphoto

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Clare Havill

    very interesting imagery.

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  2. Hannes Nitzsche

    although this stretches the term ‘photography’ quite extensively, her artwork is pretty cool! no doubt! thanks for sharing!

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