MORE SURREAL 2023
More Surreal 2023 gallery
More Surreal was an exhibition held in The Old Fire Station
Gallery, Henley-on-Thames in 2023.
The photographs for the exhibition ‘More Surreal’ were taken by
the photographer Dr Robert Organ mostly between 2020 and 2022. They are a continuation of the exhibition
‘Surreal’ originally held at the Torfaen Museum and Art Gallery (South Wales)
in 2020. The photographs are
consistent with the photographer’s long standing love of documentary
photography which has focussed on recording of people and human situations
and the environment in which they live in and shape. They feature elements of surprise, unexpected
juxtapositions, non-sequitur and humour.
They can be broadly classified into two groups:
Group 1: Photographs of
objects, animals or people which are deliberately contrived to be surreal in
nature, e.g. a surreal sculpture or someone dressed in a surreal costume.
Group 2: Photographs of
objects, animals or people where are not deliberately contrived to be surreal
in nature but become so because of their circumstance, e.g. their
arrangement, orientation, location or photographer’s composition and perspective. The circumstance may be created
deliberately or randomly.
In addition to the main groupings, the photographs are collated into
(i) Photographs involving people.
(ii) Objects showing aspects of the
(ii) Photographs of objects depicting
animals or real animals.
Two important observations can be drawn from the series. Firstly, many of photographs are figurative
in one form or another; some incorporate man himself, others incorporate
models of man. This seems to reinforce
the concept that surrealist works derive from a philosophy which rests within
the mind of man and thus man must appear to act as a reference point, champion or idol for these works. Secondly, many of the photographs show
objects that are reflections of real-life experiences. A cognitive process by the manufacturers is
carried out to impart the surreal, dream-like quality to their objects. A similar cognitive process is required by
the onlooker to ‘unravel’ such images which again reinforces the cerebral
nature of surrealist works.
In addition to the subject matter, the photographer always gives equal
importance to the aesthetic appeal of each photograph, particularly its
composition, colour, form and perspective. All the photographs were printed digitally
using pigment inks to ensure image permanence.
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