A photographer friend sent me a link to digital artist Jim Kazanjian’s website. Now this friend has an amazing eye for finding beauty and mystery in seemingly ordinary things and knows about my appetite for broken-down heritage houses, so for me this was the perfect share. Like snapshots from an intense dream, these digitally manipulated images make you feel like you have discovered the remaining evidence of the wreckage of a steampunk planet where Sarah Winchester and H.G. Wells were the chief architects. These ghostly portraits of battered buildings and their reconstructed framing of space are so fantastical and illicit so much in the imagination, that you can’t help but wish you could approach the subject a little closer and hesitantly step inside.
Kazanjian’s work doesn’t quite qualify as photographs, but each one of his pieces is entirely photographic. He doesn’t shoot the buildings himself, instead he recomposes hundreds of anonymous snapshots that he finds in order to construct his imaginative landscapes.