A Different Way of Photo-Synthesizing

My huge photocollages (link > thataway) strive for what I hope is an uncanny verisimilitude–classic three dimensional objects in perspective space.  But  a photographer (Idris Kahn), featured in the  NY Times magazine last Sunday works in quite a different way.  Like me, he uses hundreds of (mostly found) photos, and combines them using transparency and layers in Photoshop.  (Examples here.) But his work hovers in some multi-dimensional  space, and his use of transparency goes towards creation of what I’d call impressionist essentialism–an attempt to reveal an essence almost like a memory or archetype.  You get something with a feel rather like Monet: the solidity of things dissolving into an IDEA of the subject matter.