Jim Kazanjian has been making insanely realistic-looking but obviously fake photo-collages for a while. We first checked in with Kazanjian's monsters when they were dystopian Victorian mash-ups set to post-apocalyptic landscapes. Now, the Portland, Ore.-based artist — he works in commercial CGI by day — has moved onto something a bit more sinister.
Images courtesy Jim Kazanjian
The latest round of images was made by piecing together images from the Library of Congress. He was inspired by none other than H.P. Lovecraft, and the new archi-collages look just as good as the previous ones. These are a bit more intense, as the buildings are more animated, with smoke, water, and light bringing them to life.
Each image is composed of 50–70 image snippets and took up to three months to complete. The level of detail speaks for itself and the black-and-white images are shockingly realistic. "I am intrigued with the narrative archetypes these writers utilize to transform the commonplace into something sinister and foreboding," Kazanjian explains. "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 sense, I am attempting to render the sublime."