The London based photographer Vikram Kushwah creates surreal and magical images that portray the mystery of daydreams.

The dark romanticism of Vikram Kushwah captures the essence of daydreaming
London - MAY 14, 2013

Vikram Kushwah, a commercial and art photographer based in London, challenges reality through his images of a simpler world, untouched by modernity and the mundane, creating a world of romantic surrealism. His photographs, which have been featured in magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, lets the viewer peek into his subconscious, where Magritte, Freud, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland roam free and inspire him. Influenced by British culture and the dark stories of children’s storybooks, Kushwah explores the border between the real and the fantastical. 

 

The dark romanticism of Vikram Kushwah captures the essence of daydreaming
©Vikram Kushwah, Ofelea and the Dragonfly

Best described as dark romanticism, his peculiar combination of elements from reality, memory, films, storybooks and desires create a dramatized subconscious that evokes the calm produced by daydreams. As he explains, his images represent a “romanticism I associate with inexplicable things, a realm with no rules and boundaries.” This is the reason for the surreal and magical images, the odd contortions of the bodies and the reaffirmation of a strange and whimsical wonderland, similar to the one imagined by Lewis Carroll or Freud’s “Uncanny”. 

The dark romanticism of Vikram Kushwah captures the essence of daydreaming
©Vikram Kushwah, Ofelea and Ofelea
The dark romanticism of Vikram Kushwah captures the essence of daydreaming
©Vikram Kushwah, Memoirs of Lost Time (Emily Falling in Library)
The dark romanticism of Vikram Kushwah captures the essence of daydreaming

©Vikram Kushwah, Ofelea


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