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:
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.
All photographs © Achraf Baznani