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PHOTOS: Visual artist creates life-like photos of balloon creatures

Sarah Deremer's "Balloon Zoo," series combines photos of balloon creatures with real animals.

All the children at their next birthday party will want to get their hands on these hyper-adorable inflatable creatures. In her series “Balloon Zoo”, vetturned-artist Sarah DeRemer used photo-manipulation to create striking pictures of rubber animals that look amazingly lifelike – and amazingly cute, of course.

I can’t figure it out: are they animals or balloons?

The images are made using photos of real animals, combined with photos of real twisted animal balloons, so a bit of both!

What was the process in creating these adorable rubber animals?

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After I acquire a photo of the balloon animal form, I find the best animal photos to fit the balloon. Then I combine the images using Photoshop.

What was your motivation behind the project?

I really enjoy manipulating pictures to create realisticlooking scenes and images that many viewers can relate to. I saw an image of a standard balloon animal, and simply wondered if I could push the basic balloons to the next level and make them more personal for the viewer using real animal images. I thought it would be a fun new project to explore, especially since I love working with images of animals.

Did you like balloon animals as a kid?

I always have had a love of animals, so I definitely liked balloon animals. Do you think clowns will be envious of your superenhanced balloon animals? I hope that they won’t be too envious, but that they just appreciate the art I’ve created!

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