What Happens When Architecture Meets Horror?

By on 31st January in Featured, Fun, Guides

Jim Kazanjian brings out the horror in architecture.

Portland-based photographer Jim Kazanjian‘s collages immediately provoke a sense of terror and foreboding in the viewer. The black and white images of mutated buildings are influenced by the magnificently weird horror fiction of H.P Lovecraft and the artists own background working in CGI film and video game graphics.

Kazanjian told Alison Natasi:

‘My interest in gaming stems from my fascination with architecture and its potential to generate narrative structures. My time in game development has definitely informed my photographic work. I find that the immersive qualities in both mediums have a strong correlation.’

One of Jim Kazanjian's foreboding images

Kazanjian’s images contain elements which viewers will be instantly familiar with and at once unsettles by digitally combining them with the nightmarish.

Jim Kazanjian's collection of foreboding photo composites combine the banal with the horrific

Many of the images are made up of up to 70 seperate photographs taken throughout the last century spliced together seamlessly for deliberately unnerving effect.

Jim Kazanjian's photo collages are created using up to 70 different images

The combination of sink holes, extreme weather conditions and architecture in varying degrees of decay create brilliantly atmospheric images and is testament to Kazanjian’s dedication to finding the correct visuals and merging them with an unwavering attention to detail.

These leftfield images are the creations of Jim Kazanjian, an artist who brings out the horror in 100 years of architecture

Kazanjian’s twisted take on reality has caught the attention of various brands such as Adidas, Nike, NASA and Intel – all of whom he has worked with.

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