Fantastic Imaginary Buildings Created by Splicing Together Found Photos


Portland, Oregon-based photographer and visual artist Jim Kazanjian is like the M. C. Escher of architectural photography. His art pieces appear to be photos of some of the strangest looking buildings found in the weirdest locations, but the reason the images are so dreamlike is because they came from Kazanjian’s mind rather than the real world.

Each piece is what Kazanjian calls a “hyper-collage.” The artist creates them using a large collection of photographs found on the Internet — a collection that currently contains nearly 30,000 images.

Kazanjian then takes tiny bits and pieces from these photographs and, using Photoshop, blends them into photo-manipulations that don’t really have anything to do with the original photographs. A proper camera is nowhere to be found throughout the entire creation process.

Some of the “photos” are actually the result of combining more than 50 separate photographs into a single bizarre scene.

Each piece is very unique, and is the result of a certain degree of chance. Kazanjian slowly browses through image after image, and looks for ways certain elements could be fitted together into a coherent scene. He might take some windows from one photo, a door from another, and a waterfall from yet another. As a result, each piece takes on a completely new direction than any of his other pieces.

Here’s a selection of images showing some of Kazanjian’s dreamlike architectural creations:












You can find more of Kazanjian’s work over on his website. Prints are also available through the 23 Sandy Gallery.

(via Colossal)

Image credits: Photo collages by Jim Kazanjian and used with permission

  • Dodi Heru

    i wonder how long does it takes

  • James Di Loreto

    Does he contact the owners of these photos for their permission and/or rights to use them and create artwork from other people’s work?

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    he’s appropriating other photographs/work to make his own art – people have been doing it for years – if it were illegal you could probably go and arrest most of the prominent post-modern artists of the 20th century. Andy Warhol would be one of them, Raushenberg another, Rosenquist, Richard Hamilton etc

  • Christian DeBaun

    I wonder if all of his source photos are creative commons. I think they would have to be… Great collages though.

  • Jake

    God, I would love to live in some of those.

  • DamianM

    Im going to get crap for this.

    Not photography.
    There digital-collages.

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  • DamianM

    thanks i guess
    I caught it after I was done and I can’t fix it

  • Bill

    My family lives in the one with the lightning strike – it’s no fake. Bakersfield, CA.

  • Olga Peluso

    uptil I saw the bank draft ov $7875, I have faith …that…my mother in law woz like they say actualy bringing home money parttime at their computer.. there dads buddy has done this 4 only about twentey months and just paid for the mortgage on there home and purchased a brand new Mini Cooper. this is where I went, jump15.comCHECK IT OUT

  • Blair S.

    Meh….saw this on fstoppers weeks ago

  • Warne Riker

    there is a difference between digital art and photography – this is not photography – and I would hardly say he is the M. C. Escher of architectural photography… the two are not even close…. not to take away from his art. – the images are good… but not photography

  • Joe

    Howl’s Moving Castle

  • ratatata

    I absolutelly love these. Wish I had the patience and creativity that he has. Thank you for the great article.