Istanbul-based visual artist Hüseyin Şahin doesn’t just blend photos together; He blends reality and fantasy to create spectacularly surreal scenes.
Though his craft of layering multiple photos is practiced by many, his unique take on photo manipulation pushes the limits of human imagination, and results in landscapes that look like your wildest dreams – or your most intense nightmares, depending on how you would feel about crossing a wobbly bridge between two hot air balloons mid-flight.
Şahin goes by the handle art.side on Instagram, and has so far amassed almost 55 thousand followers. Some of his photos incorporate elements of folklore, such as a photo of the Maiden’s Tower in Istanbul featuring an underwater woman nearby, a reference to the ancient Greek legend of Hero and Leander, two young lovers who drowned in the Bosporus. Another photo portrays a child in war-torn Syria.