Achraf Baznani’s surreal photography — Utterly mesmerising!

Achraf Baznani’s surreal photography — Utterly mesmerising!
Image© Achraf Baznani

Moroccan artist Achraf Baznani blends the realms of dream and reality to create dazzling photographs. You simply can’t look away.

Achraf Baznani is a talented, self-taught photographer, filmmaker and artist from Morocco, who, because of his out-of-the-box outlook and hard work, has managed to come through as one of the most famous surrealistic photographers of the century. Effectively blending the realms of dream and reality, Baznani produces such extraordinary images which have the potential to confound human reason and elevate human imagination. This does not mean, however, that his work is divorced from reality, rather, it is a contemplation of reality with a conscious renunciation of common-sense reason.

The illogicality in his work, which is the gist of surrealism, comes from the distortion of the accepted physical proportions. This is why the viewer is rendered dumbfounded by looking at his photographs. The mind is just unable to accept the scale of size and proportion with which Baznani plays. He inserts a miniature version of himself into the images, which reminds the viewers of Jonathan Swift’s Lilliputians.

According to Baznani, the most important part of his photography is the ‘concept’ which is presented subtly to the viewer, behind the veil of irrationality. This concept seems to be inspired by his dreams, usual conversations with people, or meditations on human nature, etc. This adds a personal touch to the photographs. Apart from this, a feeling of dejection is prevalent in most of the photographs in his art books, Through My Lens and Inside My Dreams, as shown by the following:

This image is titled ‘Into the Abyss’ and shows the steadfastness of human beings in the face of natural or artificially concocted danger.

Flying like a Bird‘ is an outstanding highlight of the extent of the human invention. If human beings think of something, no matter how impossible, they can do it!

This image is titled by Baznani as ‘My Small World’ and is minimalistic in concept. Life is like a light bulb, which shines brightly and burns itself out.

This image is titled by Baznani ‘My Small World’ and is minimalistic in concept. Life is like a light bulb, which shines brightly and burns itself out.

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Birds are another motif that Baznani frequently uses like in this captivating work titled ‘Black Birds’. They add to the eeriness of life, as everything seems to lose its matter and burst into them.

This image is titled as ‘Drinking Milk’ and shows the hollowness of human beings. Things seem to pass right through them.

Drinking Milk’ shows the hollowness of human beings. Things seem to pass right through them.

This image, titled ‘Noisiness’, can be taken as a comment on the pollution created by modern technological advancement.

This image, ‘Noisiness’, can be taken as a comment on the pollution created by modern technological advancement.

This image is a tribute to the kinetic pantomime that is human life and is titled as ‘Faces’

This image is a tribute to the kinetic pantomime that is human life and is titled as ‘Faces

This image, titled as ‘The Real Me', depicts the theme of reality vs. appearances.

The Real Me‘, a depiction of the theme of reality vs. appearances.

Alone we were born in the cradle, and alone we shall return to the grave. This is what the image, titled ‘The Island of Solitude’, seems to convey.

Alone we were born in the cradle, and alone we shall return to the grave. This is what the image, titled ‘The Island of Solitude’, seems to convey.

The Indiana Jones feel of this image shows that books can take one an equally exhilarating adventure around carefully woven secrets. It is titled ‘The Secret of the Book’.

This image is titled as ‘The Wonderful Book’ and shows that books are gateways to different realms.

Books are gateways to different realms, that is what ‘The Wonderful Book’ tries to show.

This image is titled ‘Hand of Fate‘ and is humorous in its literal representation. It might suggest that we, human beings, are the ones who carve our fate.

A critique on the too-mechanized world can be seen in this image titled as ‘Robocop.'

A critique on the too-mechanised world can be seen in  ‘Robocop‘.

This image titled as ‘Holding Moon’ is yet another tribute to the extent of human invention, which can encapsulate even the moon.

Holding Moon’ is yet another tribute to the extent of human invention, which can encapsulate even the moon.

Baznani’s surreal photographs, and the concepts imbedded in them seem to resemble bottled messages, suspended in the seas. The viewers are expected to find them, and decipher them, and thereby, gain a greater understanding of life in general.

Learn more about Achraf Baznani and see more of his work on his WebsiteFacebook,  Twitter, and Instagram.

All photographs © Achraf Baznani

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