Surreal Photo Manipulations by Caras Ionut

An elephant balances perilously on a tiny cartwheel and a young girl dangles her legs from a swing thousands of feet in the air.

These surreal images may make you want to look twice as the everyday is blended with the unusual using Photoshop. Photographer and artist Caras Ionut has created the stunning images by twisting his own, ordinary photographs into bizarre and otherworldly creations.

The Romania-based photographer describes himself as a ‘photo mechanic’ and has created the series of mindboggling pictures using the computer program. Often using a normal picture as a starting point, Ionut mixes the ordinary with the extraordinary changing a simple scene of a girl fishing by a lake into a startling image of the girl riding on top of a huge fish.

A stag’s antlers have been transformed into a pair of trees – complete with birds flying out of the branches and a deer sits comfortably on a battered sofa in the middle of a muddy wasteland.

Animals and humans interact in the pictures with one little girl taking an elephant for a walk by the trunk and another riding on the back of an ostrich in a custom-made saddle with reigns.

Ionut describes his work as a manifestation of dreams and says he takes his inspiration from the colours of autumn and winter.

As well as working as a professional photographer and retoucher, he offers courses and tutorials to people that want to learn how to digitally manipulate photographs

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