Hauntingly Surreal Images Inspired by Fairy Tales

Moscow-based photographer Katerina Plotnikova creates a haunting atmosphere in nature that draws inspiration from fairy tales. Her portfolio of work features enchanting young women lifted by spirits, floating in skies, and entangled in the branches of trees.

Plotnikova's subjects appear as innocent as Alice from Alice in Wonderland, caught in a mysterious world of oddities. In one frame, a vertically displaced woman partakes in tea time as a puff of pink smoke envelopes her. There's something both oddly ominous and beautiful about the image that works seamlessly due to the photographer's brilliant color palette and keen eye for detail–right down to the spotted tea set that echoes the patterns in the model's dress.

The women featured throughout Plotnikova's growing collection of works echo this charming anomaly of calmly seated women in unconventional compositions. There is even the recurring image of chairs, whose sizes in relation to the subject matter constantly shifts, once again referencing Alice's adventures. The photographer's world is filled with intriguing quirks that include surreal, elongated gowns and Rapunzel-like hair that endlessly drapes alongside towering trees.

Katerina Plotnikova on 500px
Katerina Plotnikova on Facebook
via [etoday]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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