Mikhail Batrak is a Ukrainian artist whose work examines the relationship between perception, Surrealism and empiricism. His creative process involves taking photographs with a digital camera and manipulating the results using computer software, combining disparate elements to create unexpected hybrid images. Drawing on techniques such as photomontage, digital drawing and collage, he updates the tropes of Surrealism for the digital age, utilising the language of the movement to pursue his own vision. Mikhail used to be a merchant navy officer, a role that offered him the opportunity to traditional photography. However, he later realised that the beauty he was trying to capture was not intrinsic to the scene, but subject to his own perception, which was constructed both through social conditioning and evolution. It was this understanding that prompted him to start travelling inside his own consciousness in search of beauty, by means of meditation and dreaming. He takes an active role in each stage of production, only using photographs he has taken himself which often incorporate macro objects or items he has sculpted. However, the main emphasis of his practice is not shooting images but the process of manipulating them digitally, exercising total control over the final image.