Artist splices bits from online photos into 'hyper-collages'

Credit: Jim Kazanjian

The places in these images don't exist. They're imaginary structures cobbled together from pieces of different photos and blended in Photoshop. Digital artist Jim Kazanjian says his composited photos are meant to "lure the viewer farther inside." Well, consider us caught in his spell.

Kazanjian says his "hyper collages" are created by taking elements from online photos — sometimes over 50 different images — that he finds interesting and then using a "palimpsest-like layering process of adding and subtracting" to create a "single homogenized image."

In a piece from Lens Culture, Kazanjian said:

"In my work, I prefer to use these devices as a means to generate entry points for the viewer. I'm interested in occupying a space where the mundane intersects the strange, and the familiar becomes alien. In a sense, I am attempting to render the sublime."

Looking at Kazanjian's surreal photos is like getting lost in dream, where nothing is what it seems to be. The houses in his photos are like M.C. Escher designs — they make sense until they don't, which isn't a bad thing and certainly stimulates our brain cells. Kazanjian's tantalizing composites wouldn't bore you in a gallery, that's for sure, and you can check out ours below.

Jim Kazanjian, via Lens Culture and Colossal

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