Jan von Holleben Rearranges Everyday Items into Charming Whimsical Scenes

8 03 2017

On Art and Aesthetics

Jan von Holleben

“I once ruled the worlds. Not just one, but many,” writes Jan von Holleben, an award-winning photographer based in Berlin. “I ruled them with mirrors and lenses. I ruled them with light and shadow and time. Sometimes I ruled with a trick of the eye. Through my camera, an entire cosmos took shape, and each world within it seemed to operate by a certain unfamiliar logic, like a sort of magical clockwork.”

Jan plays with our sense of space and perception. Most of his photographs are shot indoors. The floor turns into the sky or the sea. Ordinary objects like shoes and books and balls are strategically positioned into dreamy and adventurous compositions. Children are seen busting ghosts, discovering treasure chests, riding bikes over rocky terrain. Lines of white cups become the teeth of a dragon, yellow and red strips of cloth the fire of its mouth…

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