Underwater Surrealism is a photographic exploration that combines animals beneath the surface with scenes above the surface; The images often play off the names of the animals, their purpose in its’ habitat, art historical references, or the animal being placed in ironic scenes. These photographs were taken through out my travels scuba diving around the world. People have always been interested in going to see these animals at aquariums or while scuba diving; instead I am bringing these creatures up to us. Surrealism explores dreams and to let the subconscious mind out. In my dreams I can breathe underwater to go and see these animals all the time. These images are an attempt to bring those dreams to reality with my camera and process. The colors and beauty of the underwater realm are often not seen in our daily lives and the importance of color is why we are so eager to see these animals. All of these images are determined by what I can find while diving, since time is limited to the duration of my air supply and the amount of dives I can do on my trip. My work merges HDR, underwater, landscape, and staged photography into my altered reality. Ultimately, I want to bring these dreams to life through my photographic process known as Underwater Surrealism.