Creative Photos of Imaginary Inventions that Will ‘Save the Universe’


Photographer Jan Von Holleben specializes in imaginary awesomeness, creating scenes that whisk you away to a different place where random objects can be used to turn dreams into reality.

For his most recent project, however, he and his friends set about doing something even more difficult than bringing ‘Dreams of Flying’ to life: they’re trying to save the universe… with imaginary machines, of course.

The series of photographs that resulted is called, appropriately enough, Saving the Universe, and it depicts Holleben operating a number of imaginary universe saving contraptions such as the Good-Morning-Machine (which gets you ready for your day) and the Candy-to-Sexy-Woman-Machine (which is fairly self-explanatory).

Check out the full series bellow:










One of the coolest things about the imaginative series is that these photos were created without Photoshop, using bits and pieces found around the house and a fairly simple setup. Von Holleben revealed how the magic happened while speaking to DIYPhotography:

We have an initial shooting in my studio with the model (in that case myself), pretending to work on a machine. Then we print out that first image on photographic paper and collage all the objects on top.

When finished, we take a second image from straight above, which combines the original photo with the objects in one final photograph!

To see more of Holleben’s work, head over to his website by clicking here. But wait, there’s more! (always wanted to write that). If you want a digital copy of your favorite universe-saving machine, just email him at [email protected] and he’ll send one right over to you!

(via DIYPhotography)

Image credits: Photographs by Jan von Holleben and used with permission.

  • Banan Tarr


  • harumph

    These aren’t double exposures. Did the headline writer read the article?

  • 3ric15

    uhhh these don’t look like double exposures…

  • analogworm

    nah, they’re mediocre compositions. Just a tat more attention to the shadows on the floor would have made ‘m a lot better. Nevertheless its message doesn’t come across to me.

  • aa

    just repeating and stating again. This are not double exposures.

  • Juan

    These aren’t double exposures. He printed his photographs, he made the composition with toys, clocks, etc. and took the photos again. Cool project.

  • Jake

    In case you haven’t heard it enough times from the other 4 people who, just for the sake of commenting without adding anything new, absolutely needed to repeat the same exact point as the first poster who pointed it out: these aren’t double exposures.

  • Alan Klughammer

    i don’t think that word means what you think it means…

  • Glenn F

    why I see blogs grab photo series like this, it gives me great hope that one day im gonna big a famous photographer.. Seriously, other than , well im not sure.. But really wtf..?

  • Glenn F

    when I see blogs grab photo series like this, it gives me great hope that one day im gonna big a famous photographer.. Seriously, other than , well im not sure.. But really wtf..?

  • Dingo

    I agree Alan. The photo’s may be ‘Whimsical’ or ‘Kitsch’, but I don’t see irony anywhere here. They have dictionaries on the internet now Banan (and I’m not talking about the urban dictionary BTW), please look up Irony.

  • Dingo

    A photo series being ‘published’ on a popular blog like this is neither a sign you have made it as a famous Photographer, nor an invitation to shiitcan the person who’s work is on display. The average know-it-all bedroom Photographer wannabe often gets confused on both of these issues. If you don’t like something that many others do, then you are probably not the target market, and as such your opinion is irrelevant.

  • harumph


  • Banan Tarr

    I don’t think my comment means what you think it means.

  • Alan Klughammer