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Hyper-collage from Jim Kazanjian

Lenscratch features photographer Jim Kazanjian, who makes images without ever picking up a camera. Instead, he pieces together found images to form mad hallucinations that are just a bit off—in the way a nightmare is all the more horrifying because it is so close to normal.

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I like Kazanjian’s twist on objectivity (which is also a statement on what we privilege):

I’ve chosen photography as a medium because of the cultural misunderstanding that it has a sort of built-in objectivity.

Kaznajian’s aim is to “render the sublime.” His method is, well…

My method of construction has an improvisational and random quality to it, since it is largely driven by the source material I have available. I wade through my archive constantly and search for interesting combinations and relationships. Each new piece I bring to the composition informs the image’s potential direction. It is an iterative and organic process where the end result is many times removed from its origin. I think of the work as a type of mutation which can haphazardly spawn in numerous and unpredictable directions.

Kaznajian’s method is also a sophisticated comment on the creative process. Have a look at the full article: http://lenscratch.com/2013/12/jim-kazanjian/

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Image credit: Jim Kazanjian via Lenscratch

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Written by kirkistan

December 11, 2013 at 9:11 am

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