Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s dark cosmology and horror films, Portland-based artist Jim Kazanjian creates surreal architectural photo collages. Kazanjian never takes any photographs himself, but instead combines as many as 50 images found on the internet to create each collage in the series. “My method of construction has an improvisational and random quality to it, since it is largely driven by the source material I have available,” says Kazanjian. “I think of the work as a type of mutation which can haphazardly spawn in numerous and unpredictable directions.” The result: a surreal world in black and white.
Sophie, Photographe since 2010 sticks her animal portraits in Paris, to create fun and intriguing situations. She thoroughly prepares each installation as each animal must find its place in space, the neighborhood, the street… A walking elephant, an owl landed on a cable, a giraffe coming out of the door… all images are perfectly integrated into the detail of the urban environment. The city, architecture, and decor appear to the viewer along with the strange animal is distinguished…
Sophie’s Animals on the streets of Paris has been included as part of Centre Pompidou Hors pistes 2012 (ref. interview). © All images courtesy of the artist
Tomohiro Inaba is attracted to iron as a material among other reasons because it begins to rust and decay upon contact with air, practically the moment it is created. Though made from solid wire, many of his works appear freely woven. Like caught between two dimensions, start off anatomically perfect, but they end in to disintegrate into thin air.
Korean sculptor Lila Jang has created surreal versions of 18th-century French furniture. Tables, chairs, desks, and stools are transformed from ordinary to extraordinary. Living in a tiny Parisian apartment, Jang found joy in escaping monotony by bending furniture into shape so these could fit into the tiny space.
Says Jang, “My work represents who and where we are as human beings: in the midpoint of that constant struggle between reality and the ideal.”
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Artist Jim Dingilian has an unconventional way of creating art. Instead of crafting images with paint or graphite, he uses smoke as his medium. His drawings are created with candle smoke inside empty glass bottles and are reminiscent of some forgotten 19th-century imaging technique. The artist begins by coating the bottles’ inner surfaces with smoke, and then uses brushes and small implements mounted on the ends of dowels to reach inside and slowly, selectively erase certain areas. The smoke, which remains on the glass, forms the images.
Fingal’s Cave, a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa off the west coast of Scotland, is formed entirely from hexagonally jointed basalt columns within a Paleocene lava flow. Its size and naturally arched roof, and the eerie sounds produced by the crashing sound of the waves against the rock are overwhelming. The cave’s Gaelic name, An Uaimh Bhinn, means “the melodious cave.”
With Beneath Cold Seas, David Hall highlights his work in the frigid waters of the Pacific Northwest, home of the diverse and visually spectacular marine life of this cold-water ecosystem. From tiny, candy-striped shrimp to giant Pacific octopus, rockfish schooling among kelp to orchid sea stars, Hall’s stunning photographs reveal both the symbiotic and predatory relationships that can be found in these waters.
Alex Timmermans never imagined that a photographic process, which have been invented by Archer more than 160 years ago,was going to have such an influence on his passion for photography. Alex Timmermans, born in 1962, is a self-made photographer with a strong liking for ancient photographic techniques.He practiced photography throughout his whole life, starting with a Nikormat ftn. The change from analog to digital seemed to be a logical step. However, the excitement and magic of films got lost during this change; everything became more predictable … too predictable.Working on the wet plate process made photography inspiring again. Being able to use antique camera’s and brass lenses with a glorious photographic history like Dallmeyer, Hermagis and Darlot. It is pure because of the possibility to use ‘simple’ chemicals to reproduce amazingly detailed pictures. In this photographic process, coincidences will greatly influence the result. Apart from working with chemicals, these coincidences can be caused by the many different weather conditions as well.