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Check Out These Frankly Weird & Surreal Images of Human Imagination

Photography and fine art have been a way of expressing one’s thoughts or portraying a story be it imaginative or real and each artist brings out their creativity in different forms and types of art, based on their passion.

However, photography combined with fine art can be a great visual medium to exhibit what the artist feels and put it out there for the viewers to have a look or interpret it in their own way. Yes, that's the beauty of photography, fine art and any other forms of art and this is exactly what Katarzyna and Marcin Owczarek do while they create art.

Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek are professional fine art photographers who have a strong passion for photography. They started working together in 2016.

Katarzyna Owczarek was born in April 1983 and she's a fashion/product designer and fine art photographer who received her Master of Art Degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Poland.

Marcin Owczarek was born in October 1985 and at the age of twenty, he began studying photography at the College of Photography in Wrocław. Marcin graduated with an honorable mention for his series, “Brave New World,” which presented an idiosyncratic version of a future world. He is interested in shamanism, gnosticism, and alchemy.

Marcin’s art has also been influenced by the content of the Tibetan Book of the Dead as well as his studies in cultural anthropology. His art has always focussed on the condition of the globe and the condition of man.

Marcin uses photography and collage to create surreal images which thematically focus on identity, dreams, morals, behaviors, rituals, technologies, biological changes, etc. that have a significant impact on human life.

Marcin and Katarzyna employ animal characters in human settings, often in social and spiritual context, with each creature bringing to life, beautiful and original symbolism and emotional values.

The Wanderer and His Shadow ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Wanderer and His Shadow ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

Sea Wolf ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

Sea Wolf ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Poker Game ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Poker Game ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

Carpe Diem ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

Carpe Diem ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Magician ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Magician ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

Read what Marcin and Katarzyna have to tell about their surreal stories that they create through photographs.

“Telling stories is part of our fine art photography project based on surrealistic imagery. Our new series titled “My Heart is an Animal” brings elaborate compositions combining human and animal elements.

We employ animal characters in human settings, often in a social and spiritual context, because each creature brings to life beautiful and original symbolism and emotional values.

We are all connected, people, animals, nature…as one living organism. In every human being, there is a piece of animal instinct and in every animal, there is a piece of a human being: soul, feelings, emotions, fragility. Animals show human emotions.

Our observations reveal beauty, which is sometimes found in an unconventional way. For this reason, our whole work deals with the relationship between man and nature, in particular with animals. Our artworks are both planned and subconscious. Sometimes it is deliberate observation, sometimes just like a dream half-remembered; strange encounters at the edge of perception.

We create imaginary landscapes and we invite the viewer to immerse themselves into a world of dreams and mystery to see the reality in diverse ways.

Our work is expressed in a surreal language because we want to clash the rationality and irrationality to find deeper meanings of life. Everything we see or do can be seen in both positive and negative way. Not everything we see is what it really is. By creating poetic and philosophical works, we want the viewers to interpret our work according to their own life experiences.”

The Dreamer ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Dreamer ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

Potato Lovers ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

Potato Lovers ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Game ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Game ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

Cerberus ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

Cerberus ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Photographer ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Photographer ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The symbolism of our creation can be interpreted on many different levels. We tell a story about the best and worst aspects of human existence. There are always many stories behind each of our works.

You can explore as many stories as a human and the spiritual eye might perceive. It depends on the viewers’ particular own life experiences. By creating surreal images filled with hidden meaning, we want to show evolution and transition of humans' inner reality.

We offer insight into the world of dreams, symbols, metaphors, allegories, legends and myths. The unique atmosphere, strange conceptual scenes of hybridizing human and animal bodies, combining elements, portray and deeply touch our condition.

Our work attempts to provide strong impact visually, mentally and emotionally. We want our work to speak for itself and for people to interpret it in their own way. Our intention is to explore the infinite possibilities of human imagination, in search of a connection between reality and beyond.

To understand and explore human nature is an official credo standing behind the conceptual basis of all our art practices.”

The Ghost Writer ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Ghost Writer ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Ghost Memento ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Ghost Memento ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Birdman ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Birdman ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Midas Touch ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Midas Touch ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Weight of Dreams ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

The Weight of Dreams ©2017, Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek


Further Resources

More of Marcin and Katarzyna's works can be found on the links below.

  • Katarzyna and Marcin Owczarek's Website
  • Katarzyna and Marcin Owczarek's Facebook Page
  • Katarzyna and Marcin Owczarek on Instagram
About the author

Dahlia Ambrose

Dahlia is a stock photographer and full time educator at Light Stalking. You can find her on Gurushots and see some of her more popular articles at The American Society of Media Photographers. Get to know her better here.

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