The Mysterious Surreal Portraits of Obafemi Matti

All Images by Obafemi Matti. Used with Permission.

Philly-based photographer Obafemi Matti recently responded to our request for creative portraiture offering up some samples of his surreal portraiture, and according to him, he uses “the city to create worlds shrouded in mystery and transformed by a futurist aesthetic.”

The images instantly stood out to us as a perfect example of creative portraiture, taking images of the mundane and transforming them into these surreal portraits that evoke emotion. These images pull a reaction out of you, causing you to stop and think about what its meaning could be. “Through a lens I try to dig deeper to find my subjects hidden thoughts, fears, dreams, and imagination in an effort to discover them beyond what I believe them to already be.” says Obafemi.


It’s a motive that drives to the core of surreal portraiture, causing the viewer to think about what they are seeing, taking it all in, to develop and formulate an opinon. It’s not about just looking at a pretty girl in a field and going about your day, its about analyzing the image to pull from it a deeper meaning. Matti tells The Phoblographer it’s about “the ones we love, the ones we know, and the ones we meet look just like people. We see them the way we want to, projecting our expectations and needs on to them hoping they can fulfill whatever aspect of our lives that seems fitting.”

We really enjoyed this submission from Obafemi Matti, and you can see the rest for yourself below.








Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.