Who says you need a camera to capture a remarkable image? Portland-based designer Jim Kazanjian sifts through thousands of found photographs and digitally pieces approximately 30 of them together to produce his impeccably manipulated surreal landscapes, without ever physically operating a camera himself. Taking cues from the fictional works of iconic science fiction author H.P. Lovecraft, the artist concocts his own bizarrely intriguing monochromatic worlds filled with convoluted architecture and mystifying ambience.
The recomposed photographs that Kazanjian constructs each evoke a sense of mystery. There’s a sordid tale behind each reconfigured landscape that awakens the creative mind and inspires fictional narratives just as much as it draws from fictional literature. In a interview with Triangulation Blog, Kazanjian shares his reasons behind his adoption of photography and what the medium allows him to accomplish: “I’ve focused on photography as a medium because of the cultural misunderstanding that it has a kind of built-in objectivity. This allows me to set up a visual tension within my work, to make it resonate and lure the viewer further inside.” He goes on to cite weird fiction writers like Lovecraft as his source of inspiration, saying, “I am intrigued with the narrative archetypes they utilize to de-familiarize the familiar.”
You can purchase prints of selected works of Kazanjian at 23 Sandy Gallery.