The digitally manipulated landscapes by Jim Kazanjian featured here are the result of countless of hours of selecting and processing photography attempts. The Portland-based artist will capture about thirty different images before he produces a single collage, via photo-manipulation. Kazanjian’s work, according to his own words, is profusely inspired by iconic fiction and fantasy author H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft’s own passion for mystery and mayhem shines through the phantasmagorical and convoluted monochrome reconfigurations of architecture and terrain. On his blog, Kazanjian explains his motives and sources of inspiration: “I’ve focused on photography as a medium because of the cultural misunderstanding that it has a kind of built-in objectivity. This allows me to set up a visual tension within my work, to make it resonate and lure the viewer further inside.” And, as one may have already expected, the visual artist has a penchant for writers such as Lovecraft for the “narrative archetypes they utilize to de-familiarize the familiar,” much like he does, too.