Brilliant Dad Photoshops His Daughters Into Fairytale Worlds

I want John Wilhelm to be my dad.

1. These surreal photographic images are the work of John Wilhelm, a 44-year-old IT director from Winterthur, Switzerland.

Via John Wilhelm / Barcroft Media

2. He works with an array of subjects but his favourite tends to be his three young daughters Lou, five, Mila, two and Yuna, six months.

John Wilhelm / Barcroft Media

3. He puts his creativity down to watching too much TV and playing too many computer games as a youngster.

John Wilhelm / Barcroft Media

4. He says: “I had the luck to grow up in a creative family. Creative not particularly in what we did but in what ideas we were talking about, what jokes we were making.”

John Wilhelm / Barcroft Media

5. “If you have a healthy emotional connection to your kids, they can feel if something is really important to you and then they cooperate - and if they don’t there are still sweets and candies.”

John Wilhelm / Barcroft Media

6. “I think one key to creativity and the ability to work eclectically can be found in childhood and another one, of course, in the genes as well.”

John Wilhelm / Barcroft Media

7. He added: “Most of my images are heavily manipulated but not all of them are compositions.”

John Wilhelm / Barcroft Media

8. “If an image works straight out of the camera, I just improve it by using beauty retouching, cleanup, level corrections, sharpening, colours and tones and by emphasising the light.”

John Wilhelm / Barcroft Media

9. “What I really love is to bring different images together to create something completely new.”

John Wilhelm / Barcroft Media

10. Each composition takes him around 3–5 hours to complete.

John Wilhelm / Barcroft Media

11. You can find out more about John here.

John Wilhelm / Barcroft Media

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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
 
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