Stories from Another World by Helena Blomqvist

Swedish photographer Helena Blomqvist creates dream-like imagery that transports us into the subconscious. She accomplishes this by constructing alternate worlds in her studio. Blomqvist builds models and props, which provide the backdrop for her narratives. Once completed, the models are then photographed, the images digitally edited, and finally the resulting prints complete the illusion of a separate reality.

All photos Courtesy of the artist, © Helena Blomqvist

116 thoughts on “Stories from Another World by Helena Blomqvist

  1. I love how some of the pictures are black and white, and then have a touch of bright color. It is absolutely gorgeous. I adore surreal art. It creates a new, chilling perspective. Kudos to the artist! :-D

  2. I actually visited Stockholm this weekend and saw this exhibition…. Her pictures are very unique and beautiful. Recommendable!

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  4. Astounding. Innovative. So very much like a fairy tale gone rogue. I absolutely love them!
    I just cannot keep from staring at them!

    Introvegirl :)

  5. These are very cool but kind of creepy. And by “kind of” I mean extremely. I’ve never heard of this photographer before, so thank you for introducing me to her. Nice post and congrats on fp!

  6. Those are amazing–thanks so much for sharing them!

    (I can’t help but laugh at the first one–Nineteenth-Century soldiers with animals’ heads! A commentary on imperialism perhaps!)

  7. This is the second time I’ve visited your blog, the second clicking the link from the FP page, the first from googling Rodney Smith photography yesterday while trying to find an photograph of a little girl on a ladder leaning into a tree, in a fancy dress with a mask in front of her face…haven’t been able to find it though… Thank you for sharing such original works highlighting the artist’s visual voice and then transformed as a collage through yours.

  8. The images are so out there, and surprising, had to do a double take with the kid on the antelope. Awesome blog.

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  10. Beautiful images I really enjoyed wandering through your blog I find you work to be wistful and amusing and I very much enjoy the surreal quality you have so artfully created. Wonderful work thank you.

  11. Wow. I just posted some old photos of Swedish people from the 1900’s (distant relatives of my husband) on my website, and I hadn’t really thought about why I liked those old photos so much…until I saw these photos. Hmmm…how can I put it into words? Well, I guess it has something to do with how animals, and masks, and dolls can’t necessarily ‘smile for the camera’,…so they’re a little like those old turn of the century photos. But the magic comes not from temporal distance, but from artistic inspiration. Really cool. -vicky

  12. Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh, how I love this! And I’m so glad I found your blog through FP (congrats, by the way). Lovely features. Subscribing right now!

  13. This is really good stuff. A little frightening if you have a phobia of monkeys (especially ones dressed up as ladies in black dresses) but excellent just the same.

    I appreciate the originality of these scenes. What a great post to make it to the FP page! :-)

  14. Wow I love your images! The transition between reality images and surreal artwork really is advanced artwork you have here. It reminds me of Salvador Dali’s work in some kind of way. It is awesome! Keep it up. Well done! I look forward to following your blog from now on! :)

  15. These pictures are amazing! I love the contrasting colours in some of the shots. Really different! Well done!

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