Sensual Surrealism is the photographic brainchild of photographer Julia Maryanska and top model Kim Iglinsky. We are influenced by the avant-garde Surrealism movement in art & literature during the 20th century that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind by the irrational juxtaposition of images. The 1920s Surrealism movement aimed to resolve the sometimes contradictory or paradoxical conditions of dream and reality.
In Sensual Surrealism, we put an emphasis on imagination and emotion – to create imagery that specifically provokes and stimulates the senses.We are committed to this concept with an emphasis on awe, beauty and the sublime in our work, which historically during this the Romantic era frequently charted the darker or chaotic side of human life.
We notice we are living in some dark times, and these times are calling the feminine to rise and bring us back into balance. While each human has feminine qualities within him/her, we use this approach in working with women who are ready to step into a part of themselves that is emerging, and so we fuse change work (NLP, EFT, etc) with photography to identify and 'see' this emergent part, creating a scene for that part, and the photograph becomes a visual anchor, making 'her' real and thus easier to embody.
We are invested in using this imagery to provoke and stimulate people's pre-existing ideas of themselves and to challenge the viewer to get touch with the subtle tension in the image. We are using the photographic process to midwife people's potential, as well as their healing visions for themselves, for humanity and the planet, telling a healing story.
We find that by using this approach elicits imagery that creates suspension of disbelief, allowing viewers to travel into the scene of the photograph. When we get in touch with the person and the vision depicted, the vision comes through our own senses, rather than the mind, and we are able to consider a different perspective on a pre-existing idea.