The Surreal Photos of Miss Aniela
January 16, 2014 6:26 PM   Subscribe

The Surreal Photos of Miss Aniela “I like to think of my Surreal Fashion series as an adventure, even for me as the maker,” Natalie says. “When I’m constructing them, it’s like falling deep into a good book. And I want my viewers to feel that too. I want them to enjoy all the nuances in the visuals of each piece, and even to feel slightly ill-at-ease with what is real and not real."
posted by dhruva (10 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
These are made of awesome! Thanks for sharing.
posted by Athanassiel at 7:38 PM on January 16, 2014

Those are really excellent. And she so obviously knows her stuff - it's not just "surreal" in some nebulous way, but stuff that could have been a Harper's Bazaar cover in the thirties (when Carmel Snow was very big on the surrealists) or a Leonor Fini painting, etc. Just wonderful, wonderful photos.
posted by Frowner at 7:42 PM on January 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

I really love fashion elevated to and legitimized as art. These are so fab.
posted by DarlingBri at 7:47 PM on January 16, 2014

And she explains, and tells you what the images came from, and somehow it makes them more amazing rather than de-mystifying them. I'm still enraptured.
posted by Athanassiel at 7:49 PM on January 16, 2014

Heh. I went to go see her do a photo presentation/shoot in Seattle a few years ago and was completely underwhelmed. She seemed uncomfortable and very much a future star of a terrible reality show. She has clearly gotten incredible since.
posted by lattiboy at 8:47 PM on January 16, 2014

I have never been interested in fashion and I clicked, thinking it would be silly little dresses and stuff. But oh my gosh.

posted by Joe in Australia at 8:54 PM on January 16, 2014

These are really nice images but there's something about the painterly style and lush interiors that doesn't resonate with me. My preferences in photography lean towards magical realism rather than surrealism; a photography like Guy Bourdin for example.
posted by quosimosaur at 11:09 PM on January 16, 2014

I love Natalie's work - I have two of her pieces on my bedroom wall* - and have luckily met her before. She is actually rather lovely and quiet, not at all like many 'photography artists'.

* I have two of her rather gorgeous self-portraits rather than some of the fashion photography. Examples of her other work can be found at;
posted by Megami at 11:16 PM on January 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

I remember her from the very early days of flickr. The fact that I remembered her username straight away (8 years later) suggests that she had that 'something' then. It looks like she's dropped a lot of the shots I remember from that period, but that's understandable. Her more recent stuff is incredible.
posted by Brockles at 5:27 AM on January 17, 2014

I also was surprised to like it so much.
posted by Dip Flash at 7:08 AM on January 17, 2014

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