A master of creating surreal photographic compositions, artist Robert Jahns‘ seamless compositions transport viewers into a world of dreamy whimsy. Whether “freezing” Venice’s Grand Canal or setting a pug high up in the air with colorful balloons, his layered photo manipulations always delight. Most recently, it’s his work featuring animals that caught our attention, each creature set into a fantasy situation so well executed, it almost seems real.
Using both his own images, as well as collaborating with photographers around the world, Jahns layers elements of the photographs together to achieve the desired result. As a perfectionist, work can take between two days and two weeks depending on the project, and he often revisits pieces, polishing them until they meet his creative vision.
For Jahns (also known Nois7), the recurring theme of animals throughout his work is purposeful. “I think some animals add a great mystical touch to a setting,” he tells My Modern Met. And it’s this wish to accentuate a sense of fantasy for viewers, and inspire them to dream, that drives his work. “I hope they can dream for a moment when they look at my work and can forget about their busy lives. People should dream bigger and really realize that this is the only life they live, and make it the best adventure.”
Whether that means reaching out and touching an elephant in India or spying a zebra tucked among multicolored hilltops, anything is possible when peeking into Jahns’ world. The bright fantasy he brings to each composition almost belies its true nature, as he nearly makes us believe that what we are seeing might actually be true.