JK: Hi. I’m a digital artist based in Portland, Oregon. I have worked in broadcast design and game production since the early 90s.
IFP: What inspired you to create your digital composites?
JK: A large part of my inspiration comes from H.P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood and some of the other “weird” fiction writers. I also have a strong interest in J.K. Huysmans and M.R. James. I am really intrigued with the sublime and potent atmospheres these writers are able to generate.
IFP: There’s some eldtrich geometry going on in your imagery. Are you a Lovecraft fan?
JK: Yes, definitely a fan. His book, Supernatural Horror in Literature, is one of my favourites, actually. It is a great reference tool for discovering and tracing his influences.
IFP: Why do you prefer black-and-white photography?
JK: I think the clarity and perception of visual depth is much greater in black-and-white. It also has a wonderful way of conveying a sense of timelessness.
JK: All the photographs I use in my work are found online. I mostly prefer to use amature travel photos and public domain material of mundane items. I take samples from the ones I find interesting and mix them together to create a new “photograph”.
IFP: What frightens you?
JK: The possibility that everything John Keel wrote about in Disneyland of the Gods is true.
IFP: What fascinates you?
JK: Time travel.
IFP: What are you working on right now?
JK: I am building new work for my next show in August. It is a further refinement of my current body of work.
IFP: If you could be a Lovecraftian character, who would you be and why?
JK: Richard Upton Pickman. I think he had a cool studio.
Learn more about Jim Kazanjian at his website.