Digital manipulation, when in the wrong hands, can result in some rather crass and ridiculous images. However, if the likes of Photoshop are in the hands of a true artist, some remarkable pictures can ensue. Caras Ionut belongs to the latter breed. Self-described as a ‘photo mechanic’ the Romanian photographer and digital artist is a stellar example of how digital manipulation and photography seem to be a perfect match for each other.
Ionut created an extraordinary collection of images that can only be described as dreamlike and unreal. Some photography purists abhor digital manipulation, but one would be hard-pressed to condemn the post image magic possible when viewing the astonishing work of Ionut. His wizardry for digital manipulation opens up a whole world of possibilities, much like the way CGI in cinema made possible the realistic depictions of outlandish sci-fi novels.
Not surprisingly, Ionut says that his imagination and his work are influenced by subconscious. He also draws inspiration from both the fall and winter seasons. While positive dreams are a central theme in his images, Ionut says he also likes “to visit the darker side of what people may see of dreams, not necessarily what one would see as negative, but possibly a dream that one could not quite understand or may feel alone.”
Ionut’s typical work process starts of using a regular picture. He then transforms the mundane into the extraordinary by changing simple elements within, such as scene of a child on a swing but from dizzying heights in the sky, an astonishing image of a girl riding on top of a huge fish, or a stag’s antlers that turn out to be some trees.
Being quite a master with post digital effects, Ionut is more than willing to share his secrets by offering numerous Photoshop tutorials and classes. Those of you who would like to achieve the same results can learn from the master himself, or just view his work over on his website.