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An Architect Gone Mad
February 5, 2013 8:37 PM   Subscribe

Mysterious Buildings Assembled from Found Photographs by Jim Kazanjian. More here. [via]
posted by brundlefly (28 comments total) 57 users marked this as a favorite

 
Fantastic!
posted by unliteral at 8:44 PM on February 5, 2013


I'm getting some serious Harris Burdick vibes from that last one.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 8:44 PM on February 5, 2013


Most impressive, especially that they look seamless. The lighting looks right, as if he photographed real models instead of making photo-collages.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:49 PM on February 5, 2013


This is exceptionally relevant to my interests, and my favorite thing posted to MetaFilter possibly ever.
posted by davejay at 8:51 PM on February 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


These are amazing. Although that ball of broken smouldering wood doesn't suggest a structure so much as an improbable accident.
posted by figurant at 9:13 PM on February 5, 2013


Saw on colossal the other day; fucking awesome.
posted by nathancaswell at 9:16 PM on February 5, 2013


PS if you like art and the interwebs and you aren't reading colossal you = sucker
posted by nathancaswell at 9:23 PM on February 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is great.
posted by empath at 9:35 PM on February 5, 2013


I want to turn these into video game levels
posted by hellojed at 9:39 PM on February 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


What is colossal?
posted by Mars Saxman at 9:57 PM on February 5, 2013


Dibs on the volcano fortress

Mars, this site.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 10:03 PM on February 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Fantastic- like some demon offspring of Tim Burton and Howl's Moving Castle.
posted by happyroach at 10:23 PM on February 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


Adore! These actually remind me very strongly of many of my dreams, and I wouldn't be surprised if many people have this reaction.

If you love these, you may feel similarly swoony over Laurent Cherhere's "Flying Houses" series of photos, which are also montages, put together from bits of real structures he has personally photographed and selected to fit the concept of the flying building he wants to create. His site is here.
posted by taz at 12:08 AM on February 6, 2013


In the same vein.
posted by alexei at 12:13 AM on February 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Awesome, thanks. I hadn't heard of Collosal.
posted by Acey at 4:59 AM on February 6, 2013


These are wonderful. My first thought was, wow, he sure finds better photographs than I do but then I realized he's using found in a much looser sense of the word. Really great stuff.
posted by mygothlaundry at 5:28 AM on February 6, 2013


...all of which are better looking than the Stata Center ducks
posted by backseatpilot at 5:45 AM on February 6, 2013


Came in to post the Filip Dujardin link that alexei already posted. My favorite Dujardin building is this one. Do not not click on these if you like the FPP.
posted by escabeche at 6:18 AM on February 6, 2013


Came in to post the Filip Dujardin link that alexei already posted.

The first comment of which says "very similar to xavier Delory's work".
posted by rory at 6:34 AM on February 6, 2013


Turns out the one for Frank Gehry was really a just single building.
posted by ssmug at 6:40 AM on February 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


First: All architects are mad.

Second: These don't appear much madder than some architectural sketches, plans, or even actual buildings I've seen.

Third: Got's a thing about smokin' smokestacks, dunnie?

Finally: Did you pick up on the arial views of tulip fields?

How about the anamophic bronze scuptures?

I'll be revisiting this site.

Thanks, Seth!
 
posted by Herodios at 6:56 AM on February 6, 2013


I like the smokestacks; they say "someone's home," even when it looks like it might just be a pile of junk. Makes you think twice.
posted by echo target at 7:38 AM on February 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Adore! These actually remind me very strongly of many of my dreams, and I wouldn't be surprised if many people have this reaction.

Definitely agree on this point.
posted by odinsdream at 7:42 AM on February 6, 2013


It's cool that these are found phtographs. I like the second and third image the best. The last two are less realistically manipulated and make me think of Myst. The key in all of these is to use images without a lot of contrast or really stark shadows, and avoid an obvious, strongly directional light source.

Came in to post the Filip Dujardin link that alexei already posted.

These are nice, they have a painterly quality that is really appealing.

The first comment of which says "very similar to xavier Delory's work".

Hmmm, these ones are not so great. Light, shadow and perspective are off in a few. His handling of plant materials is also really poor (repeating the same tree image over and over immediately takes the scene out of the range of plausibility).
posted by oneirodynia at 12:18 PM on February 6, 2013


Then there's the guy who actually went and built one...
posted by alexei at 1:26 PM on February 6, 2013


I did see those anamorphic bronze sculptures, they're totally mind bending (hi 5 me)
posted by nathancaswell at 4:37 PM on February 6, 2013


Colossal is fantastic, but I'd missed this one somehow. Thanks, brundlefly.
posted by homunculus at 3:34 PM on February 14, 2013


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posted by homunculus at 6:09 PM on February 23, 2013


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