While studying Angus McBean and his various techniques I noticed two common themes within each of his photos: beauty and imagination.
As McBean’s main focus on surrealism became a way for him to explore the depths of his mind. He took ordinary moments and altered them into what he saw.
Because most photos at the time were vintage bromide prints, more often than not he altered and modified them to look surreal.
In his work, much of which was black and white, you could see the many unique combinations of value and line. He’d line up the shot just right and modify the value to enhance certain places.
I think that McBean’s main goal with his work was just to be different. He inspired many to express their different ideas without judgment. Although he hated fame and the idea of being the center of attention, many people found him relatable and much like an idol.
His work was something new. At first, it surprised many because it wasn’t something they’d seen much of before. McBean was a kindhearted, bright-eyed man who believed that there was beauty in the strange.
Throughout his life, and much of his death, his photography has successfully inspired others to be different.
Photo by cdrummbks