Fifteen Fabulous Fantasy Fotos from Flickr

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

Easy Going
photo credit: h.koppdelaney

United Colors
photo credit: kaneda99

photo credit: movimente

147 of 365 - just dandy
photo credit: paul+photos=moody

November 15th 2008 - The Rope May Not Be Tight, But At Least It's Wide
photo credit: Stephen Poff

Beach guardian
photo credit: neeZhom

photo credit: pulpmojo

She's So Small, She's Cute!
photo credit: Poe Tatum

Lunar Fantasy
photo credit: Bill Gracey

elec'trick' Paint
photo credit: ViaMoi

chim chim cheree...
photo credit: Mara ~earth light~

Free your crows
photo credit: Desirée Delgado

model actress fashion x ray hand photojournalism war photography and just plain strange dark evil unusual negative sandwich composite controversial dark sexy and completely new!
photo credit: Zoriah

photo credit: !borghetti

… 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!