Surreal Photos of Twisty Ladders on a Misty Beach

One way to shoot surreal photographs is to capture things where they don’t ordinarily belong, whether it’s glowing cubes in a forest or houses and babies floating in mid-air. Often this type of image is done using photo manipulation, but that’s not true of the photos in artist Joy Umali’s project titled Ladders. Umali hauled a number of distorted metal ladders onto Rodeo Beach in San Francisco, and then had photographer Walter Kitundu photograph the scene.

It’s interesting how something so simple as a ladder can look so out of place when sticking out of the sand on a beach.

You can find more of these photographs over on the project’s Behance page.

(via My Modern Met)

Image credits: Photographs by Joy Umali/Walter Kitundu

  • Sterling

    Those shots just look kind of convoluted to me – trying too hard to be “edgy.”

  • rtfe

    model needs a better costume, something to go along with the ladders’ “surreal” nature.

  • Rūdolfs Rancāns

    These are great and definitely NOT too edgy. But yeah the model is poorly dressed or even unnecessary.

  • Great Genius

    If I had a Euro for every misuse of the words “great” or “genius” I could pull Greece out of their misery

  • Kamo

    Interesting concept, kudos to the artist and photographer for actually getting the ladders on location rather than using Photoshop.

  • brob


  • dll

    Considering Your nickname You just might be right here :) Sorry, no harm intended, It was just too tempting to write this reply :)

  • Joey Duncan

    your face is meh

  • Kitundu

    This series is documentation of a student art project and the “model” is actually the sculptor. These aren’t glamour or fashion photos, just a nice way to record a beautifully rendered sculpture project to add to the artist’s portfolio.