Iranian photographer Samad Ghorbanzadeh’s collection of images depict open, endless landscapes featuring some surreal scenes that are not only filled with mystery and intrigue, but something far more chilling. From his solitary subjects lost in a vast and empty land to the unusual and unsettling misplaced dolls and objects that occupy these environments, Ghorbanzadeh makes the spectator feel as though they’ve just dived into a horror film with no exit.
Each dreamscape offers a new level of calm creepiness, as though something sinister is about to occur, like the silence before the storm. Ghorbanzadeh’s series titled Fictional Reality (alternatively known as Daily Dream) and Gray Nightmares are especially rich with these types of surreal imagery. Further heightening the ambience of each frame, the photographer follows a monochromatic scheme with the occasional hint of color on the cherry lips of a faceless woman.