Dreamlike Self-Portraits of a Girl Floating, Falling, and Flying

21-year-old Kylie Woon hasn’t been doing photography for very long, but in the two short years since she started dabbling in the medium, her surreal images have already become widely popular online. Her project Surreal-ity features beautiful dreamlike self-portraits in which she is seen floating and flying in all kinds of beautiful locations.

Woon tells us,

A little bit about myself. I began taking pictures right after dropping out of art school in 2010. I had no knowledge of photography or Photoshop and had no expectations for my new hobby — it was all for fun.

A few months onward I began dabbling in photo manipulation. I try to create images that I see or feel in my imagination, and I have found that digital art is the perfect genre for me to depict ‘real’ scenes with a slightly dreamy, other-worldy feel.

Using a DSLR and Photoshop I try to combine ‘real life’ with something more magical. I’d really like to connect to the escapist in all of us. I am young, and my pictures are all a work in progress!

Her photographs are all composites of two or more photographs, combined to show her flying.

You can find more of Woon’s work on her Facebook page and on her website.


Image credits: Photographs by Kylie Woon and used with permission

  • Susane Gruning

    Very cool, I imagine these are layered in layering mask? It would be great when an artist/photographer is featured to share some of the tricks/tips.

  • inrsoul

    These pictures just gave me goosebumps… So awesome.

  • Mansgame

    Oh yes, just what the photography world needs more of: egotistic girls doing self portraits.

  • Kilo

    Hey she’s not nude, that’s new.

  • Denver Engagement Photographer

    These are wild. Very well done.

  • Jordan

    Oh yes, just what Petapixel needs more of; another angry-at-the-world nobody ‘photographer’ quick to belittle someone else’s hard work behind the veil of the Internet.

  • fast eddie

    BOOM! HEADSHOT! Hahahahahaha!

  • asdf

    mansgame = douche

  • Dan Howard

    … I wonder if Mansgame knows that women are allowed to vote now too

  • Dan Howard

    Jordan, you just levelled up in the game of life, well done son! :D

  • Knur

    Good photographer/artist never reveals his workshop

  • Knur

    Troll Hunter > Trooooooollllll !

  • Rayyyy

    If I were on a walk in the woods and I saw Photo #7, I would be freaking out.

    Great stuff, though!

  • Bruce AlleyCat

    This trend seems to be very popular, I wonder long it will be before it fades away like planking.

  • Roy

    So all tutorials, classes, workshops, etc. are created by poor artists?

  • MikeAlgar42

    Nein, rogue magicians. Also, the trick is usually worked out by someone else wanted to create it, once they know it is likely someone else will work it out and do it and thus a tutorial will be born.

  • Reinier Zijl

    Check out the website and books of miss Aniela! She’s great and wrote a book about the creation of her works!

  • Mansgame

    One has nothing to do with the other. Look at flickr and how many really bad photographers who happen to be attractive girls post self portraits and how many drooling idiots on there feed their ego.

  • sheckie

    Your comments are dripping with misplaced jealousy.

  • Nay

    me too. new idea beside levitation.. this is cool

  • David Rychart

    Nice! Is it just me or do half the photographs look like she is dead? Maybe it’s the hair being draped down. Photos 4,5, and 8 are very cool though.

  • Sila Mahmud

    Some of these tutorials
    are extremely good, magazine like. Thanks for sharing!

  • John Kantor

    Become famous for 5 minutes with a stupid internet meme.

  • kenward ng

    This is amazing…albeit a little disturbing…the photo of the reversed head on page 4 of her gallery on her website is pretty freaky

  • The_photographer_Tom

    Of course they do. Photographers are not averse to sharing secrets. I do it all the time. It’s one thing to know a technique but quite another to have an idea and the imagination to use it

  • Skippy Pylon

    I just have to tell you that I laughed for about 30 seconds straight after reading this. Thanks!

  • Jessie Jenkins

    That second to last image…I could look at it forever. Anyone know if prints can be purchased? I looked at her website and didn’t find any purchase options.

  • James

    How can you say that? Her work is excellent and in no way egotistical, she doesn’t even show her face!

  • micky harris

    how come you always highlight east Asian people of descent ?

  • Michael Zhang

    Haha. That’s something we haven’t heard before… Is there any ethnicity of photographer that we don’t highlight?

  • Arian Rassoul

    outstanding work!

  • darkerThanBlue

    I don’t know if she’s East Asian or not, but clearly she is more about ‘ascent’ then ‘descent’.