In his father’s photo lab, Matthias Jung’s passion for collage-making was born. There, he used scissors and glue to create his first series of fanciful houses in the form of photo collages.

“‘Zonenrandgebiet’ or ‘area adjacent to the Soviet zone’, Courtesy of Matthias Jung

In 2015, the Stuttgart-based graphic designer decided to get back to his old hobby but using a different method; Photoshop. He used the photo-editing software program to recreate his incredible surreal houses. As Photoshop enabled him to overcome reality, it also allowed him to freely modify his work by the mere click of a button. Most of Jung’s photo collages are composed of bits and pieces of photographs which he had taken on his trips to northeastern Germany.

Expedition to the East Pole, Courtesy of Matthias Jung

“I am always amazed at how architectural details can evoke certain associations and feelings,” said Jung, discussing his collages. “This is how a latticed window conveys coziness; one might even say it is soulful. Framework is soothing, sometime1s touching. Antennas have something sinister about them. They point to something outside the picture. Concrete is cold and foreign – but maybe interesting for just that reason.”

 I love including elements that cause different associations to collide with one another. I was especially pleased when I was able to use my grandmother‘s old tea warmer in Expedition to the East Pole,”  he added.

 

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