Photos courtesy of Ari Fararooy
At first glance, this selfie may appear totally ordinary, but take a closer look ...
"Wait! Where's the camera?!"
The trippy image above is just one of many self-portraits created a few weeks ago for the "Desert Reflections" series by Ari Fararooy, a Los Angeles-based director, editor and visual effects extraordinaire.
Armed with his camera, tripod and a simple mirror, Fararooy ventured into Joshua Tree National Park and spent three hours pushing the limits of creative selfie photography. After getting the images he needed (and shattering the mirror in the process!), he then experimented on them with various editing and digital manipulation techniques that yielded some truly strange masterpieces.
A magician never reveals his secrets, but it's safe to say there's more than a little Photoshop trickery going on around here. What's special about Fararooy's work is how subtle and seamless his manipulations manifest within each piece — sometimes you need to do a double-take just to fully grasp their surreality!
To see more of Fararooy's work, check out his Vimeo, Instagram and Twitter. In the meantime, continue below to see more of his otherworldly self-portraits, which are sure to inspire you to up your own selfie game!
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