Using Magician’s Tricks to Create Surreal, Mind-Bending Photos

Conceptual photographer Ronen Goldman has spent a decade creating his “Surrealistic Pillow Project,” dream-inspired images brought to life using magician’s tricks to fool the eye and create a twisted reality. In our interview, we talk to Ronen about the ongoing project and what it means to him; plus, he reveals some secrets behind his creative process and offers some helpful tips.

 

Interview with Christopher James

I have always been obsessed with mild surrealness, not things that are impossible, but things that are implausible. It’s not so unreal that people write it off as fake, and it’s not real enough to be uninteresting. It’s kind of in that sweet spot that it becomes a conversation piece.