I love these striking black and white surreal images created by Noell Oszvald, a 24 year old visual artist from Budapest, Hungary.
Noell only shoots in black and white because she finds colors to be distracting. “I feel the same way about clothes and other matters of appearance, which why I like to reduce my images to forms, composition and content.” she told in the interview to My Modern Met.
When asked what the story is behind Prejudice, (the photo above) Oszvald says, “I had the idea of Prejudice in my mind for a long time before I finally made it. I was very unsure about it, because I wanted the picture to look absolutely the way it does now, but to achieve this composition I had to paint the bird in, in not exactly the right position. I feared people would pick on me and call me ignorant, because the image is not precise. I was afraid of being judged while working on a picture about prejudice. How ironic.”
As you look through Oszvald’s beautiful and sometimes haunting images, you can’t help but feel a mix of emotions. They all fall in the conceptual photography field, meaning, they illustrate an idea but one that Oszald believes should be personal to the viewer. “I don’t want to tell people what to see in my images,” explains Oszland, “this is the reason why I never really write any descriptions other than titles. It shows what I wish to express but everyone is free to figure out what the picture says to them. It’s very interesting to read so many different thoughts about the same piece of work.”
See Noell’s website here.
If you’d like to learn more about surreal photography, check out:
– Surreal Photography: Creating The Impossible
– Inspiration in Photography: Training your mind to make great art a habit