Award-winning fine art photographer Paul Ernest has recently curated his first photobook titled May I Tell You a Story… The collection features over 75 thought-provoking images that look like scenes from mythic tales of yore. “These images are not just my story. They are our story. They’re the story of those who came before us, and of those who will come after us. They’re our children’s children’s story,” explains Ernest.
Ernest has long been inspired by the work of visual artist Andrew Wyeth, who creates realist paintings that still manage have a unique surreal quality. Ernest sees his own work as a modern version of this concept. Using photography as his medium, Ernest uses Photoshop to transmogrify his images into stories, rich with “surrealistic messages.” Each image is like something you might see in a dream, such as a man in the green countryside, happily playing cello to no one but his dog, or a woman “fishing” in the middle of a waterless meadow, against a lilac, clouded sky.