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Surrealism Creativity during quarantine

We challenged our photographers and illustrators to take everyday photos and transform them into surrealistic pieces of art. These pieces emphasize the importance of imagination, often overshadowed by days of mundanity in quarantine. — Cameron Chan and Anita Liu

The eye is often considered to be a gateway or window into a person’s true self — to look someone in the eye is to swim in their true intentions. Photo by Jaxi Cohen and illustration by Tomi Osawa
During these captive times, we find ourselves circling the drain of boredom. Struggling to keep our imagination alive, we contemplate new ways to expand our breadth of life. Photo by Kimi Norway and illustration by Mella Bettag
A girl at a bus stop imagines the companions around her. Surrounding her are spirit animals, which are invisible to the human eye but can be right under our noses. Photo by Bella Deloa and illustration by Nicole Wong
The photographer found inspiration for this photo at her favorite museum on a rainy Friday afternoon. The illustrator was inspired by the movies she watched over quarantine like Spirited Away to draw the dragon, and by past field trips to draw students in raincoats. Photo by Cliodhna Woods and illustration by Elise Muchowski
In this piece, the photographer experimented with the use of bleach on printed photos to give them a splotchy, washed out effect. The illustrator used a sapphire and turquoise palette to depict marine life bursting out of the sky. Marine animals are free to travel anywhere in the ocean, similar to the way birds are free to fly anywhere in the sky. Photo by Marlena Rohde and illustration by Denis Yabut
Hayden Cheung received inspiration to take the photo during a walk through John McLaren Park. Following a dirt path, the stroll revealed an amphitheater. This turned out to be an ideal spot for a photoshoot since the location was unexpected and vacant. Jennifer Wong wished to capture the complexity and beauty of nature, which is portrayed by a flock of birds and school of fish. Photo by Hayden Cheung and illustration by Jennifer Wong