The Dream Becomes Thee


Paulina Otylie Surys, Amor Sempiternus, K-MAG magazine, cover story for Ligature magazine, Courtesy and © Paulina Otylie Surys.

Paulina Otylie Surys, Polish fine art and fashion photographer based in London, UK, uses a variety of camera’s, mostly vintage ones working with 35mm, medium format and large format film, producing stunning work experimenting with 19th century techniques in the darkroom such as tintypes and the wet plate collodion process. Her analogue images are hand-painted using a mixture of toners, chemicals, inks, waxes, and dry dyes. Reminiscent of Julia Margaret Cameron’s beautiful moody work, the old Italian masters, and medieval tableau paintings. The results achieved are simply breathtaking. Sublime magical realism. Mythological artography.

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Paulina Otylie Sury, La Jeune Fille et La Mort, SIMONE magazine, France, Courtesy and © Paulina Otylie Surys.


Paulina Otylie Surys, The Last Whisper, Rosemunda magazine, Courtesy and © Paulina Otylie Surys.


Paulina Otylie Surys, The Deadly Chair Of Moros, Openlab magazine, USA Issue 5, Courtesy and © Paulina Otylie Surys.


Paulina Otylie Surys, Aeon, The Ones 2 Watch magazine, Courtesy and © Paulina Otylie Surys.

Eros, from Greek Mythology, corresponds with the subject’s yearning for ideal beauty and finality. It is the harmonious unification of, not only bodies, but of knowledge and pleasure. For Plato, Eros takes an almost transcendent manifestation when the subject seeks to go beyond itself and form a communion with the objectival other: “the true order of going… to the things of love, is to use the beauties of Earth as steps… to all fair forms, and from fair forms to fair actions, and from fair actions to fair notions, until from fair notions he arrives at the notion of absolute beauty.” The subject seeks to go beyond itself and form a communion with the objectival other.

Surys is currently exhibiting in “Mythologies” at Rivington Design House in New York, and is represented by Mystery Management