Creating a Surreal Musician Portrait with a Sideways Photo and Photoshop

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Photographer Antti Karppinen was recently hired to do a portrait photo shoot with Cardiff-based singer and songwriter Jammy Harris. For one of the shots, Karppinen decided to create a mind-bending image of Harris sitting on a stone ledge over rough waters using a creative perspective and photo-manipulation.

Karppinen started out by scouting out a suitable location and sketching out the photo concept he had in mind:

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Next, Karppinen photographed Harris lying down on the ground horizontally against the stone bench:

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The photographer then rotated the image, filled in the background and sky with a seascape, and added a cityscape to the horizon.

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After a little more tweaking of colors, Karppinen arrived at the final image:

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Here’s a short 4-minute video showing the photo shoot and the Photoshop work that was done after:

Harris is now using this mind-bending photograph prominently on his official website.


P.S. Back in February, we shared a conceptual wedding photo Karppinen made of a sideways world created in an ordinary bar.


Image credits: Photographs and videos by Antti Karppinen and used with permission

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