Human-like Tree creatures: Elido Turco’s ‘Dream Creatures’


Have you ever watched this year’s science-fiction action-blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy”? If so, the tree-like being called Groot surely got stuck in your memory. Fans of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy surely remember the Dendroids/Treants, a human-being-like tree-tribe from Tolkien’s mythical world. Those and similar fantasy characters seem to have served Elido Turco as inspiration for his photo-series “dream creatures”. Always on the scout for boughs, tree barks or tree trunks which look humanoid, the Italian has been exploring forests in his native region Friaul for four years. But before he began mirroring his pictures with Photoshop, his forest walks had not been crowned with success. Only now with a bit of “pixelmagic” the mythical creatures jump from fiction to reality.

tree1© Elido Turco

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© Elido Turco

The fact that those faces were created in post processing makes Turco’s pictures not any less exciting. You can view the rest of the photos on his Flickr stream.

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