This image is really fascinating, the Russian has manipulated real life transforming ordinary objects such as the musical instruments and replacing what should be their with those instruments…
This technique is very effective as looking at the image at first, the image doesn’t appear manipulated even though you know that it is. The focal point of the image is obviously the trumpet which has replaced the main elephant head. Kush was very clever in creating this image as it’s fair to say that the instruments bare some resemblance to what they are replacing making the image very surreal. After looking at the image for while the eye captures and reveals other manipulations such as the antelope, the horns of the antelope haven’t been distorted at any point however the strings of an instrument have merely been added to create the instrument. Another notable point is the grass of the african plains have been transformed into trumpets and various other golden instruments. This again is very effective as the colours and shapes that the instruments have created is mimicking the shapes the grass would have made therefore creating an illusion.
I believe that the reason Vladimir Kush created this image is to show what all of your senses see when you picture the African plains. When i picture the plains i picture the golden muddy floor with the golden straw poking through the ground, i also imagine to hear the melody from the birds, the gigantic roar from lions, and the distinctive sound of the herds of elephants.
“Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings.
Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur; however, many Surrealist artists and writers regard their work as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artifact. LeaderAndré Breton was explicit in his assertion that Surrealism was above all a revolutionary movement.
Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris. From the 1920s onward, the movement spread around the globe, eventually affecting the visual arts, literature, film, and music of many countries and languages, as well as political thought and practice, philosophy, and social theory.” – From
Chema Madoz. — http://www.inspirefirst.com/2011/04/13/unusual-photography-chema-madoz/
best known for his black and white surrealist photographs
“Photographer. He is one of the most important on the artistic scene in Spain, whose style consists of depicting ‘constructed’ or imagined real life situations from temporary staging.”-chema Madoz
New dimensions led by metaphor alters the perception of an immediate reality. The absurd, the paradox, the humor – why not the wittiness – are to be found at the photographers studio. The idea commences it’s process of superiority of the object and establishes a given discontext. The irony with which madoz assaults recognizible objects creates a relationship with viewers that leads to paths of a parallel universe.- inspire website- re word..