Masters of Surreal Storytelling (12 photos)

Let husband and wife team Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison transport you to another time and place with their stunningly surreal photos. With degrees in Fine Arts, the duo construct mind-bending scenes and then ask you, the viewer, to imagine yourself in them. Robert is the main character in each of these photos, he wears a black suit to represent the archetype of the modern man.

Their highly constructed scenes take on multiple disciplines including theater, sculpture, painting and photography.

"Our work begins with the construction of sets and props," they explain. "These objects are photographed in staged scenes within damaged or constructed landscapes. We manipulate the photograph via darkroom techniques and mixed media. This allows us the opportunity to enhance or subdue elements within the scene. The image is altered further by paints and varnishes. None of the images are real in the factual sense, but they are treated as precious talismans of a lost moment, a documented super-reality, whose message, like that of all myth, transcends the small realities of the day to day world."

Just what kind of message is the couple trying to convey? These photos ask you to think about mankind's relationship to his or her planet.

Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison's website

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Comment by nell mednick on March 4, 2011 at 10:59am
fantabulous !!
Comment by sAm on March 3, 2011 at 6:04pm
Wow, these are unbelievable.
Comment by JennaCarol on March 3, 2011 at 3:47pm
These are amazing!
Comment by Alyssa Anda on March 3, 2011 at 3:01pm
I'm in love with these photos. I love the ancestral feel to it. It reminds me of a circus act or something along those lines. They make an excellent point with FANTASTIC pictures. Very creative indeed.

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