Here are a few pictures from the last week that really struck me as looking pretty Surreal. I'm both a jazz enthusiast and a big fan of Surrealist ideas, and I've always been fascinated with the idea of "pure psychic automatism." It's basically free form creation, propelled by subconscious associations between human symbols. The aim is being able to function outside moral and aesthetic preoccupations, or in other words, "free your mind." An example would be is improvising across chord changes without really thinking or doodling "mindlessly" until some concrete image appears.
Ok, this is just me nerding out on Art theory, but your brain's capabilities of perception become clearer through thinking about your own thoughts. And photographs are a great way to stimulate that. I want to figure out how a photographer can practice automatism... It's a fairly easy thing for people who write, draw, or play music... but in photography, there is a machine between your brain and the visual world. It produces a mechanical rendering of the world, which seems to lack a certain human soulfulness. I think for me automatism can be achieved by placing photographs next to each other, forcing a comparison of symbols.