Creating Magic With Photography

From a young age we're told fairy tales and fantasy stories about witches and fairies and princes on quests, leading us to believe that the world is full of magic. I can't tell you how bitterly disappointed I felt when I realised this wasn't true.

But over time I learned that if the world wasn't going to dish up the magic I desperately craved then I could create that magic myself. I'd been doing photography as a hobby for four years before I realised that the tool I needed was right there in my hands. I just had to change my mindset so that instead of documenting the world with my camera I could use trick photography and Photoshop manipulation to create my own worlds and add a touch of magic to the every day.

While magic may not be real I discovered that the techniques used to give the illusion of magic are equally fascinating and awe inspiring. Trick photography became an obsession and in 2015 I set out on a quest of my own with the 'Exposing Illusions' project where each week on my website I create an image using a different photographic technique and write a tutorial about how it was created to teach others the process and give a glimpse behind the curtain.

The images I've created aim to tell imaginative stories that thrill, inspire and provide an escape from reality, helping people recapture the wonder they felt as a child, if only for a moment.

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