Interview: Jim Kazanjian

IFP: Hi, welcome to Innsmouth. Could you introduce yourself to our readers?

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.

IFP: Where do you get the raw elements for your composites?

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.

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One Comment on ““Interview: Jim Kazanjian”

  1. Rebecca Stefoff

    When I saw Jim’s work in a gallery here in Portland, I knew I wanted some of it on my walls. When I met the artist and our conversation touched on Lovecraft, William Hope Hodgson, and other weird writers, my fate was sealed. Now the coolest thing about my home office is a large framed print of the first photo in this article–I think of it as “the old Whateley place.” I encourage fellow Innsmouthians to follow the link to Jim’s website for more of his eerie imagery.

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