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“Tree of Disbelief” is part of a series of portraiture images that explore the connection between nature and humans, using surreal concepts and symbols. I wanted to remove anything about the modern world and focus on nature and wonders such as metamorphosis, as if the observer was visiting a Wunderkammer. I took this during the golden hour, while the sun was setting down and the light was warm. I wanted this particular condition to be part of the photo to give it more “magic”. I used several different layers to create the metamorphosis effect.

I am a fine art photographer with a fascination for dreamlike and surreal atmospheres. I am inspired by Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist painters, and currently working on a series based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, “Visions of Poe”.

Diana Debord



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