Some of the most extraordinary photography we’ve run across was created by folks who use little to no Photoshop while capturing incredible photos that seem impossible without some manipulation. A great example of this kind of work is Kirsty Mitchell’s series Wonderland, where all of the costumes and props are painstakingly put together by hand.
Korean artist Lee JeeYoung, however, takes it to the next level. Not only does she eschew digital manipulation entirely, but all of the fantasy worlds she creates have to fit inside her 360 x 410 x 240 cm studio (approximately 12 x 13.5 x 8 feet).
The photos you see here are all part of a series called Stage of Mind, and each scene — from the realistic to the surreal — was created without any photo manipulation whatsoever. They all represent some aspect of Lee’s own journey of self-discovery, and so she appears in each of them as the solitary figure within her own creation.
These “excerpts from her heart, her memory, or her dreams” often take months to capture from start to finish, because all of the decorations have to be created by hand. Here’s a sampling of her work:
Stage of Mind will be presented by the OPIOM Gallery in Opio, France from February 7 to March 7, 2014. Here’s what the gallery had to say about the work:
Her creations act as a catharsis which allows her to accept social repression and frustrations. The moment required to set the stage gives her time to meditate about the causes of her interior conflicts and hence exorcise them; once experienced, they in turn become portents of hope.
To see more from Mrs. Lee JeeYoung, or if you’d like to learn more about some of the individual photos and how they came together, be sure to visit the gallery by clicking here.
Image credits: Photographs by Mrs. Lee JeeYoung and used with permission