Using no Photoshop at all, Northern Ireland-based photographer Helen Warner (aka Airgarten) creates fantastically freakish scenes that look like they're something out of a dream (or nightmare). Instead, she uses traditional props and tools like powder, plastic, glass, smoke, netting, and even sheer tights to construct these surreal worlds, hoping to trigger a memory we've hidden deep inside.
There's a great interview
with Warner over at Flickr. I particularly liked her answer to the question, "What is the importance of photography in your life?"
Photography is something that I naturally think about," she says. "It is definitely become a creative outlet for me. I think that it is a beautiful medium, and a very interesting one too. When I take a photograph I realize that it is a moment, frozen in time. In some way or another, a part of a visual archive that we have been creating for decades. Photography has changed dramatically with the digital age, but contrary to some people who say that people are creating a huge bank of awful pictures I just think it is interesting and representative of our times."
"Some people just don't get them and some people instantly understand what i'm trying to do. It is about enchantment for me, about dreams and the subconscious."