19-Year-Old Photographer Reveals Inner World in Fantastically Surreal Self-Portraits

19-year-old Italian photographer Giulio Musardo is a rising star on Flickr, joining the ranks of several young conceptual photographers who weave compelling visual narratives with their cameras. Using photography and expert digital manipulation, Musardo crafts deeply expressive and surreal scenes that leave the viewer wondering about the story beyond the frame.

Musardo, who attended art school for graphic design and photography in southern Italy, has only been pursuing photography for two years, but he's already assembled an extensive portfolio of riveting conceptual images. Often using himself as a model, the young creative puts a painstaking amount of time and care into planning a shoot, meticulously photographing each element and then combining them all in Photoshop. Flocks of flying creatures burst from the scene; a young man contemplates the roaring sea; thousands of individual petals form a gorgeous gown. Although all of his images share the same bold contrast, natural lighting, and evocative emotion, Musardo isn't afraid to experiment with new concepts and themes.

The young photographer describes his images as “enigmatic.” He says, “Each one of my photos expresses a moment, a feeling that the mind processes through the use of pictures, like a parallel world where time stands still. My pictures are characterized by key elements. Small messages are often difficult and mysterious.” Each image provides a glimpse of Musardo's inner world and feelings, transporting the viewer to alternate realities filled with strange beauty.

Giulio Musardo on Flickr
Giulio Musardo on Facebook
via [Ruines Humaines], [The Photoblographer]

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