Surreal dreams recreated

Updated 1:35 PM ET, Tue January 15, 2013
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Photographer Ronen Goldman was inspired by the notion that he and his fiancee "feed each other's minds." She posed with a friend who stood in for Goldman, and then "I held a fish bowl over where their heads would have been," he said. Courtesy Ronen Goldman
"I started out by shooting the magician using two flashes, one coming from the top and one from below," Goldman said. He and his friend then plotted out the spiral of cards, with each man holding four cards at a time. The cards were lit by the ambient light of the forest. A third man was at the camera, pressing the button each time a new card position was ready. The end result is a composite of dozens of images.
"I knew how the image was supposed to look in my mind, but was stuck trying to figure out, where do I get an iguana?" Goldman said. The photo represents a fear of relationships, as in, "Is there room in that bed for me?" There was actually only one iguana, and the girl is really in bed with the lizard. Courtesy Ronen Goldman
Goldman shot this in a parking garage. "If you turn the picture around, it's fairly easy to see what the big secret is," he says. Courtesy Ronen Goldman
Goldman used a portrait lens with a shallow depth of field and composed a mosaic of 22 individual images. "A seemingly wide shot photo becomes super-detailed, since each 'tile' has the full pixel power of the full frame camera," he explains in a behind-the-scenes blog post. Courtesy Ronen Goldman
Goldman draws inspiration from surrealist painters Giorgio de Chirico, Rene Magritte, Raymond Georges Yves Tanguy and Salvador Dali. He staged this shoot in Brussels, Belgium, after visiting the Magritte Museum. Courtesy Ronen Goldman
The photographer posed with his wife-to-be for this portrait in December. "Even though a lot of Photoshop goes into these, all the elements in the photos are shot in location at the same time at the same lighting," he says. "Then I just layer the photos on top of each other." Courtesy Ronen Goldman
Every photo starts with a dream or a fragment of a dream Goldman remembers. He analyzes his feelings about it to create a real-world image. Courtesy Ronen Goldman