Have you ever dreamt of surfing on clouds or exploring the sparkling spiral arms of the galaxy? German self-taught Photoshop expert Justin Peters visualizes these surreal fantasies in his growing portfolio of digital art. Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s quote, “Everything you can imagine is real,” Peters’ photo-manipulations merge unrelated, real-life images together to create magical worlds straight from the artist’s imagination.
Peters first became interested in photography in 2015, but quickly realized he didn’t want his images to depict reality. Instead, he learnt how to edit his photos on YouTube and began creating unique digital art inspired by surrealist painters.
From whirling carnival rides above erupting volcanoes to glowing jellyfish swimming in the sky, Peters’ whimsical digital collages are made using digital stock photos. Many of the unexpected combinations include imagery from nature and science that have then been given the artist’s distinct surrealist twist. Peters reveals, “I hope that when people experience my work, they discover a new and different world, which they can dive into to prove that everything is possible when you open your mind.”
You can see more from Peters’ impressive portfolio on Instagram.