Surreal Stories in Self-Portraits

What a smashing start to his 365 day project! Shawn Van Daele of Renaissance Studios sent us a wonderful email this morning to let us know about his highly creative self-portraits. The Milton, Ontario, Canada-based photographer creates images that stand out from the crowd not just because of their surreal nature but because you feel as though they each tell a unique and interesting story.

When asked why his self-portraits have that surreal storytelling spin, here's what Van Daele told us: "It feels the most 'real' to me. It's much easier for me to recreate my imagination's image of what I'm feeling than to find it in the world around me. I like that the surrealism triggers something different in each person, while it's still meaningful to me specifically...sort of a choose your own adventure."

Shawn van Daele website and Facebook

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Comment by Alyssa Anda on April 18, 2011 at 12:13pm
Nice work! :) I like how different each photo is.
Comment by Vince S. Manayaga III on April 17, 2011 at 8:42pm
Comment by sAm on April 16, 2011 at 4:18pm
Comment by Shawn Van Daele on April 16, 2011 at 12:38pm
Thanks so very much for posting these Alice! :) Here's a link to the gallery that shows the entire collection (so far) of 30 images: or also on Flickr at

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