34 of Instagram’s best surreal photographers and image manipulators
This page was translated using AI and machine learning.
(Pocket-lint) – If you’re bored of the same old food photos, selfies and travel photos and want to mix things up on your Instagram feed, then what better way to add a selection of surreal artists.
We scoured Instagram for something a little different – Instagrammers with a passion for the surreal. Weird and wonderful creations you’ll love. So keep scrolling, clicking and liking until you’ve opened your eyes to a whole new world.
Bara Prasilova (@bara_prasilova)
Bara Prasilova is a master of conceptual photography and has a brilliant way of conjuring up quite special views like this unusual one of a robot on horseback. People figure prominently in his work, but certainly not in the usual way.
Aydın Büyüktaş (@aydinbuyuktas)
We have already presented the work of Aydın Büyüktaş. He is a Turkish artist and photo manipulator who creates new visions of the world from different angles. An unusual perspective for the pleasure of all.
Shaun Ryken (@ShaunRyken)
Shaun Ryken is a Canadian Photoshop artist and expert at creating compelling surreal scenes, from jet-powered penguins to huge chickens roaming the streets and everything in between.
Rosen Goldman (@ronengoldman)
Rosen Goldman is a commercial photographer who also shoots a mix of fantasy portraits and surreal artwork. Some of them seem like a photographic commentary on modern life.
Jati Putra Pratama (@jatiputra)
If you liked seeing how Aydın Büyüktaş puts a new perspective on the world, then you will also appreciate the art of Jati Putra Pratama. With Inception-like twists and angles in our world like you wouldn’t normally see.
Alex Stoddard (@alexbstoddard)
There is a lot of bare flesh and strange visions of humanity in the works of Alex Stoddard.
But there’s nothing too racy or raunchy. You’ll see a lot of oddities though.
Joel Robison (@joelrobison)
Joel Robison is a Canadian photographer and creator of interesting visions. He often appears in his own pictures and can be seen next to everything from oversized playing cards to a giant magic light bulb.
This guy certainly has a brilliant imagination and the talent to back it up.
Brooke Shaden (@brookeshaden)
Brooke Shaden creates art that looks more like surreal Dark Age paintings with witches engaged in all sorts of mischief.
Weirdly wonderful and completely different from the usual stuff you’ll see on Instagram.
Tommy Ingberg (@tommyingberg)
Tommy Ingberg is another surrealist artist who is also an award winner. He is based in Nyköping, Sweden, and has a penchant for intriguing, unusual, and beautiful black and white photos.
Oprisco is another Instagrammer with a knack for creating oddly surreal portraits of the outside world, but with an unusual environment.
If you are bored of all the usual selfies then this is the account for you
Katerina Plotnikova (@_katerinaplotnikova_)
Looking at Katerina Plotnikova’s account, you might get the impression that she has an undying love for wildlife. A bit on the edge of dangerous, death-defying or downright crazy. Brilliant pictures though.
Anka Zhuravleva (@anka_zhuravleva_arts)
Anka Zhuravleva is the account to follow if you love fine art portrait photography with a surreal vibe. This story shows stunning close-up views of people in all their wonder.
Laura Zalenga (@laurazalenga)
Laura Zalenga is another surreal self-portrait photographer, but with a difference. She regularly takes pictures and posts them together to create a much larger landscape or view when you see her account as a whole rather than looking at individual posts. Elegant and unusual.
Kyle Thompson (@kylejthompson)
Kyle Thompson mainly takes self-portraits with a surreal touch.
He’s a Portland-based photographer with quite a knack for creating eye-catching work you’re sure to appreciate.
By day, Unknownian is a graphic designer and digital artist. So you can imagine the kind of wonderful images they are capable of creating.
These are often much more unusual visions of the world. With animals of bizarre proportions, buildings in unusual places, planets closer to Earth than they should be and much more.
Frieke Janssens (@friekejanssens_photography)
Frieke Janssens sums up their own work well:
“In a world surrounded by visuals, I want my surreal images to grab your attention and make you wonder why they do.”
Imagine what you might look like as a bust of yourself in statue form, only in flesh rather than copper. That’s the kind of bizarre image you’re likely to see here.
Lara Zankoul (@larazankoul)
What is happening here? What am I looking at? Wow that’s pretty cool and unusual. These are all sorts of things you’re likely to think of when watching Lara Zankoul’s posts.
Beautiful and brilliant photos, regularly including unusual portraits in a colorful and surreal environment.
Accumulate rewards and advantages on all your existing cards with this Curve Mastercard
This awesome system will save you time and effort every time you pay.
Justin Peters (@jstnptrs)
Justin Peters is a beautiful digital artist who produces intriguing works of art that he says are designed to “open your mind”.
His narrative is full of imagery that will amaze you as you imagine the possibilities of other weird and wonderful worlds and dimensions.
Brock Davis (@brockdavis)
Brock Davis creates interesting works of art using the smallest of objects. including things like making a purse with a bulldog clip.
This example was painted on an iPhone using an Apple Pencil. Imagine seeing this through the window of your plane. What happened to the banana itself?
@p22_art describes themselves as a “conceptual photo artist” and this image of lions feasting on an icy zebra is a perfect take on the kind of weird and wonderful concept art you’ll see by following their account.
Colorful and confusing otherworldly visions appear regularly and they are also happily interesting and entertaining.
Plato Yurich (@platon_yurich)
We recommend following @platon_yurich if you’re a fan of surreal portraits and eerie visions of landscapes.
This artist is a member of the Russian Union of Art Photographers and does his best to create incredibly interesting works of art for Instagram.
Teresa Freitas (@teresacfreitas)
Are pastel colors, washed-out scenes and intriguing, surreal views of the real world more your thing? Then @teresacfreitas could be the account for you.
Teresa Freitas somehow adds a lot more pink to our world while still managing to make it compelling.
Robert Jahns (@nois7)
Robert Jahns is a digital artist, photographer and creative director. His images often make you look twice to dispel some of your disbelief.
Sometimes the changes are subtle enough to feel real, like these penguins weaving their way through a snowy Central Park. Other images look like jaw-dropping scenes that could easily have been posted by a travel blogger, but are kind of otherworldly.
Charlie Davoli (@charlie_davoli)
Charlie Davoli seems to be a little obsessed with the wonders of nature – waves and clouds in particular. It creates unexpected visual scenes that intrigue the eyes and are also fun to observe.
If you’re a fan of surreal architectural imagery, Sejkko is the man to follow.
He has an eye for creating images of isolated houses on empty landscapes, in places where they couldn’t/shouldn’t exist.
Martin Stranka (@martinstranka)
Martin Stranka is not only a surreal sensation on Instagram, but also a multi-award winning photographer with over 90 awards to his credit.
You can imagine the quality of images this account has to offer.
It’s hard to say exactly what BeliLaBelle does, as with most of the surreal image makers on this list.
The images leave you confused, perplexed and intrigued. All we know is that the illustrations are brilliant and the posts are worth checking out.
Marco Zagara (@marcozagara)
Marco Zagara is an Italian artist who creates interesting and unusual images with unusual themes.
These include images like this with an astronaut seemingly defying gravity while perching on a fluffy cloud.
Shaun Ryken (@shaunryken)
Shaun Ryken is a Canadian Photoshopper who tells visual stories with his work. Curious images of the unexpected, like this one of a wonderfully strange watermelon.
Luisa Azevedo (@hey.luisa)
Luisa Azevedo has an eye for the unusual and is capable of creating all kinds of artwork of different types.
These include weird and wonderful things like this side view of the ocean.
Agostino Arrivabene (@agostinoarrivabene)
Agostino Arrivabene produces wonderfully unique works of art that, at first glance, could easily be mistaken for masterpieces from a very different era. It’s definitely not the kind of stuff you usually see on Instagram, that’s for sure.
In Iwamura (@eniwamura)
En Iwamura is a Japanese sculptor who is a fan of ceramic creations. He creates original characters based on the Japanese manga and the results are definitely something special.
Max Asabin is an interesting artist to follow on Instagram simply because he not only shares intriguing edited images that create curious sci-fi vistas, but also shows how he created the artwork as well.
Danielle creates interesting images seemingly inspired by her child with wonderful insight into a child’s imagination. These might be less surreal than others on the list, but that doesn’t make them any less intriguing.
Written by Adrian Willings.