Historical Collage Photography Inspired by Lovecraft

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Jim Kazanjian is an artist who creates unique pieces from recycled photographs. In his work, Kazanjian constructs imaginary architecture and landscapes from over fifty separate images. Inspired by the works of H.P Lovecraft, he assembles foreboding buildings using snippets of photographs found in the Library of Congress archives.

Kazanjian explains:

“I’ve chosen photography as a medium because of the cultural misunderstanding that it has a sort of built-in objectivity. This allows me to set up a visual tension within the work, to make it resonate and lure the viewer further inside. My current series is inspired by the classic horror literature of H.P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood and similar authors. I am intrigued with the narrative archetypes these writers utilize to transform the commonplace into something sinister and foreboding. 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.”

Check out some of these beautiful pieces below, or find out more on his website.

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