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13 Emotional States Depicted through Surreal Photographs

the_zoo_by_astridle600_600Have you ever sensed you just weren’t acting like yourself? Have you ever felt the immeasurable burden of keeping a dark secret? Have you ever been so relaxed and free spirited as if you were “walking on a clouds?”

Lara Zankoul, a Lebanon-born artist, is producing a dramatic series of concept art that combines creatively diverse scenes exploring the charm and mystery of the human psyche. Each of her works touches on different characters interacting with dream-like surroundings to express various emotional states. Her surreal photographs and landscapes express emotions from “detachment” or “paranoia” to euphoric “orbit” moments that seem to be “bypassing time.” Zankoul graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Masters in Economics and didn’t start on her journey in the art of photo manipulation and surrealism until 2008.

Regarding her design process, Zankoul says her work started as a cathartic way to work through her thoughts:

My approach primarily started as a retrospection and unintentional therapeutic activity to de-compose the complexities of the mind by composing images.”

Here are some highlights from Zankoul’s Conceptual and Magical Room series, displayed in her website gallery.

The Burden of a Secret

The burden of a secret

Zankoul says:

Bizarre situations, misplaced items, surreal dimensions, strange struggles…leave the mind to wander in a possibility of interpretations, to re-invent and complete unfinished stories, to explore unanswered questions. Through my pictures, I invite the viewer to decipher the hidden symbols and interact with the picture to reflect on his reality and personal experience. What seems to be so unreal in the first place, could be closer than we expect, to the complexities of our mind.”

 

The Weight of Your Silence

The weight of your silence
 

Paranoia

Paranoia
 

Orbit

Orbit
 

Never Cry over Spilled Milk

Never cry over spilled milk
 

Hiding

Hiding
 

Ghost of the Past

Ghost of the past
 

Getting into Her Shell

Getting into her shell
 

Feminine Side

Feminine side
 

Detachment

Detachment
 

Walking on Clouds

Walking on clouds
 

Bypassing Time

Bypassing time
 

A New Door

A new door
 

Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy. ― Sigmund Freud

 
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