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Now i think that this photographer is incredible even without the crazy things they do to the images!

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Most of the artists are dark, mysterious, and post-apocolyptic.
But not this one, at first glance, this is obviously a fabulous Utopia.Made with a lovely Rapunzel-like tower with what appears to be large pink lego brick stairs.Who doesn’t want to live in a tower with lego stairs?Well,maybe not the lego stairs as that would hurt.
But the beautiful blue sky combined with the soft,sculptured,detailed tower is fabulous.Especially with it clashing about a bright pink stairway.It seems like every girls dream house.

But lets just go ahead and take a second glance at this image.It isn’t quite as utopian and we once thought.
At the base of the stairway, it is fenced off.If this really was utopia nobody would require a fence.Fences around property is used to keep the general public out.So obviously they’re not trusted.Obviously the owner of this property feels that he or she does not want any dystopian locals ruining their utopian lifestyle.
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The same idea can be said for this image.the street this sculpture appears to be on is very dark and narrow.Dosen’t feel too safe.
But i think that Espai’s repetitive use of lego symbolises more than i can ever image.It may represent the fact that we piece together a building/home bit by bit until it’s complete.But no two buildings are ever the same.Such as on the image, one is made out of warm colours such as reds,oranges and yellows. where as the other has been created using very cold colours, like blues and whites.

This could be another thing that this picture is trying to communicate. The clashing between hot and cold.From the angle the image is taken from, the hot and the cold buildings are against eachother.

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This is the image that inspired me even without the lego extension on this building,theres more than just lego to this image.The parallel leading lines that direct the eye toward the lego sculpture is genius.And i find the lighting low key but effective. It’s dramatic and beautiful.
Yet again it may appear to be a very beautiful area but there are small things scattered around which suggest otherwise.Such as the graffiti on the walls beneath the lego.
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This could by symbolic and relate to the image, or this could just be random graffiti.
But if it was symbolic, what would it represent?
Would it be calling us the ‘animales’?
Does it mean ‘animals’ or is it a clever play on words combining ‘animals’ and ‘males’ so suggest the creator of this graffiti think that men are animals?
Perhaps this was Espais work?I doubt it.But nothing is impossible.This may even be a subliminal message to the viewers right now, convincing them that men are animals.

This makes me want to combine images.I want to now create a piece using at least two separate images and combining them to look like one image, and hopefully it looks realistic enough to fool people! Unfortunately i have no lego, but i could always improvise and create a building attached to another building and edit it so that it is believable.

Espen is the kind of artist to use analytical and geometrical elements in his work.He does this so that he can divide the image into abstract units.

Espen has displayed a balanced apocalyptic dystopia in his previous work.

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As you can obviously tell, much like Victor Enrich, Espen would of had the aid of technical drawing to be able to create the appearance of the inside walls of the building so that when he separated this building, it wasn’t blank on the inside.

Espen has  deconstructed his image,and not as in analysing,he has literally deconstructed this image using some kind of software.
This could actually symbolise just that.I’ve been told many times that i must pick apart my images and this gives a whole new meaning to it.

With the dark dramatic skies,high contrast and black and white appearance to his images, you gives you a very dark, mysterious feel about the image. Did he intend to make people feel this way?

This style is repetitive throughout most of his images, this must just be his signature style!

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At first glance, this image may appear incredibly similar to the last, but there is one thing i’ve notices that he’s done differently.

On this image, instead of just pulling off each 4 sides and the roof, he has divided each wall by 3 and split it up into even more sections. His way of creating a gap between each wall so they weren’t still connected was to pull all walls even further away from the centre of the subject.
So now the walls are double the distance from the centre than usual.

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I find that his subtle shadows which he has included make the picture so realistic.
If you examine this image closely, you can see that he has created a slight shadow on the far wall that is being created by the roof. Not all people notice small thins like this, but if he didn’t do this it would have felt like a 2D image.

Espens work give me an idea to chop up my images and perhaps scatter  building pieces over an empty scene.
Perhaps so that it resembles a post-apocalyptic building which has been attacked/blown up.

Jim Kazanjian lives in Portland, Oregon.

He has revieved a MFA and completed a BFA through studying  art between 1985-1995.

Jims favourite film is The Shining.Which tells you a lot about what kind of character he is.Which could easily explain some of his images which are presented in a dark manor.
Jim loves psychological horror,which could be why he aims for a mysterious atmosphere in his images.

Work like this:

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Just screams horror.It is dark, mysterious, and chilling to the core.Itself as an image is overwhelming and post apocalyptic.I  feel it has factors of all elements that were possibly done on purpose.

The building is upon a pile of natural rocks. Earth.

There is water pouring out of the side of this building.

There is fire obviously creating this smoke and possibly the reason to the ominous lowing door.

And there is also the fact of the smoke being carried away in the wind, along with the birds.

Now i don’t know if that was intentional, but it sure is clever.

Thinking realistically, i doubt this could be an actual building due to the fact that there are so many chimneys, it leaves no space for anything to be produced below in the main room.

A dystopian area is and area of which is frightening and undesirable,being the opposite of Utopia.Using this information we can say that both The Shining and this image are both dystopian as they are undesirable places with frightening factors.

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We can obviously call this very a dystopian,apocalyptic image as it is a place we never want to find ourselves but also feels as if it could be the end of human civilisation.

This appears to be a rooftop which has emerged from the group and is now a spaceship.A spaceship with spine chilling gargoyle heads on it.

Not only does the black and white adjustment give it a horrific feel, but the fact the UFO has a dark, thick smoke trailing behind it tells you quite bluntly that this is non beneficial to anybody. Quite the opposite.This mysterious floating object is here to cause havoc.

If this image was in colour, it wouldn’t be as spine chilling as it currently is.Jim has made some fantastic decisions whilst manipulating this image, as it definitely portrays itself as he wished it to.

Jims work inspired me to create my own  horrific photographic scene. Possibly a black and white scene of something which appears as it could be a crime scene /murder location.Like a murder house.I house which is high in contrast, with mysterious figures surrounding it.I could get silhouettes from online and photoshop them into my image and scatter them around my chosen building.Give it a deep dramatic sky.And make it as mortifying as  possible.

Such as like this piece of work:

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With its post- apocalyptic surroundings, this house is incredibly dystopian and horrifying. The broken windows and smoking rooms just scream danger.

The graveyard to the right of the house isn’t a great addition to the image unless you wanted it to seem like the new murder house!
You could easily see this being the scene for a 5 star horror movie.Every single section of this image is perfect, right down to the dead trees in the background.

I want my image to be based around this.

Victor Enrich (Media Artist) was born in Barcelona in 1976.
He was introduced to technical drawing at 8, which was his inspiration of this life ahead.As he grew he began designing cities.This was a large interest of his so in 1994 he went to university to study architecture.
He uses his skills  to create crazy 3D designs of buildings/cities.

Here’s some of my favourite work by this artist:

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This image is crazy! it appears as though the building is either falling to the ground, or it’s trying to float away!
This image can really make a person think..Is this how they make buildings?When it’s ready they just pick it up and drop it where they want it?It’s like it’s full of helium.
It fascinates me how he has literally removed the entire building and moved it to a complete new area. If you look at the buildings behind the subject, they look completely normal. My method of doing this would be to go crazy on Photoshop with the clone stamp. But this man is a genius and has used his technical drawing skills to re-create the buildings on the background so that they appear as if they were visible all along.

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This image reminds me of a slinky. Trying to push one down the stairs as a child.It looks asif it’s about to push itself onto the road.
If you compare this image with the last, you can see that the background images are almost completely invisible.It is inspiring to me to see somebody make something out of nothing,and for that something to be inspiring in itself.

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This, by far, has to be amazing.
It looks untouched by editing software, but it’s obvious that this isn’t a real building.It’d be physically impossible to live inside.

In this image he has worked from bottom to top, gently pulling out the sections of brick that have been assembled around the windows.He starts subtly but the further to the top of the building he gets, the crazier and further extended the brickwork gets.It makes me think of a child’s play doh set, where you have a spaghetti maker.
It’s playful and extraordinary.

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This image just seems like it’s one large version of a zipper.It may not have the actual device to unzip it, but all the teeth that connect are definitely in this image between both buildings.Yet again, this building would be very difficult to use if it were real.I reckon Victor could make some amazing designs that are possible.But that shouldn’t stop him form producing this amazing work.He not only warps his image, but he also twists the way we see our surroundings in our modern day.
We think to ourselves ‘It’s not a rectangular building.It’s not square.It’s not an ordinary shape,therefore it’s not logical.’

But it’s refreshing to have building that aren’t quite right. It’s creative, inspiring,and can change we way we feel about a location.

Victor Enrich has inspired one of my final images

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With this image, i knew i wasn’t as talented as Victor, and i knew i didn’t have the technical skill and software to manipulation this image to the extreme.So i have done subtle alterations. Such as warping the image to have spikes on the roof, and to also have multicoloured windows.
Much like Victor, i have taken an image of a building and transformed it into something it’s not.