Achraf Baznani, a self-taught artist, filmmaker, and photographer, inserts himself into his own imaginative, dream-like worlds to create fascinating art.
In addition to his other works, Baznani created a photo series in which miniature versions of himself explore small, everyday objects.
"I wanted to turn my thoughts to fictional and surrealist photographic artworks that are unbelievable [to the] human mind," Baznani tells A Plus in an email.
By using Photoshop to accomplish his manipulations, Baznani explains that he "can go beyond the limits of creativity."
Moreover, he adds that he loves surrealism as it is a means to disconnect from reality. "Surrealism [takes] me from the real world to a dreaming one," he says.
Baznani's photos are both simple and filled with curiosity. In one image, the artist holds a coin that appears giant in comparison to his head. In another, he sits quietly within the confines of a lightbulb; he appears barefoot, reading a book.
"I am trying to bring some message to the viewer, be it a political advert or a social commentary or an emotional outcry," Baznani says. "There is some level of abstraction. Thus, in my works, the image is not an explicit example of the concept, but a general expression of the idea."
Baznani also has advice for other artists and photographers to strive to discover their own aesthetic:
"I think one of the most important things would be to always be yourself, and it is very important that you take things seriously. You may need to make some sacrifices in order to succeed, and you have to be as realistic as possible so as to set goals and work to achieve them..."