Fantasy, fiction, surreal, conceptual, composite, Photoshop… call them what you will. I call them artistic and creative.
Photography in itself is artistic and creative, but using a photo (or photos) for a derivative work is no less appealing to me. I'm actually envious of people who can combine images or add to photos and create something completely new — I can't do it… and I probably never will.
Jerry Uelsmann has been a favorite of mine for a long time because of his ability to combine images and produce fantastic works of art (and he does it old school — none of that digital stuff). If you've never seen his work, go look NOW.
Here are a few others kicking around Flickr, trying their hand at this type of thing. Great stuff in my opinion, and all very different styles and techniques.
photo credit: Rayani Melo
photo credit: h.koppdelaney
photo credit: kaneda99
photo credit: movimente
photo credit: paul+photos=moody
photo credit: Stephen Poff
photo credit: neeZhom
photo credit: pulpmojo
photo credit: Poe Tatum
photo credit: Bill Gracey
photo credit: ViaMoi
photo credit: Mara ~earth light~
photo credit: Desirée Delgado
photo credit: Zoriah
… oh wait, that last one isn't a fantasy — you thought it was though, didn't ya? I'd freak out if I caught something like that by chance.
So what do you guys think? Are you into this kind of stuff too, or are you a “purist”? Anybody have some examples of their own or links to other images like this that you find compelling? Let's see them in the comments!