Photographer Michal Zahornacky aimed to tell a visual story with his latest series and collaborated with a group of Slovak poets to take on this expressive venture. Although it’s plainly titled Poems, the resulting collection of photographs is anything but simple and uninvolved. Using the power of metaphors, Zahornacky interpreted the poems he was given through a surreal lens that, according to the photographer, “combines art with art.” To transform a black-and-white poem into an image teeming with interesting symbols and fantastical scenes, Zahornacky focused mainly on the human emotions that brought both the poems and photographs to life.
While the surreal elements in the artist’s snapshots are the main focus, the human characters are equally as important. Viewers can thus interpret Zahornacky’s photos as portraits in their own right. After all, what could be more surreal than the twists and turns of the human imagination?
All images via Michal Zahornacky.